Public meetings being held, beginning Sept. 9
The Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) has set a series of public meetings, to get moving on the board’s strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for offshore eastern Newfoundland.
The SEA is a broad look at the potential environmental implications of offshore exploration and development in a region. It ultimately feeds decisions by offshore regulator on applications for individual projects.
The region being considered in this review includes all of the province’s producing oil projects and exploration areas such as the Orphan Basin and Flemish Pass.
The public meetings will be hosted by the CNLOPB and contracted consultants at AMEC. They are scheduled to begin Sept. 9 from 6-9 p.m. at the Community Hall in Joe Batt’s Arm. From there, they will proceed to Gander, Clarenville, Marystown, Placentia, St. John’s and St. Anthony, with details on time and locations to be published in paid advertisements in this paper and on radio.
The information is also available on the CNLOPB website.
In addition to the public consultation sessions, people can provide input in writing.
As well, “stakeholder meetings” are being arranged with interested organizations over the coming month, with stops in Joe Batt’s Arm, Twillingate, Gander, New-Wes-Valley, Bonavista, Old Perlican, Trepassey, St. John’s and St. Anthony.
The board has budgeted $200,000 for the consultant’s contract and, according to the call for a consultant, it is to be completed by April 30, 2014.
Most recently, the CNLOPB tackled a review for the area off western Newfoundland. The 680-page draft report for that area is now available on the CNLOPB website and upon request.
Issued July 12, it is open to comment until Sept. 27.
A current call for bids on offshore exploration licences includes four licences for offshore Western Newfoundland. The closing date for bids was set at 120 days after the relevant SEA was complete.