Public consultations to address Western N.L. offshore begin Sept. 30
Dates and times have been issued for more public meetings for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s (CNLOPB’s) review of its base guide for considering the environmental implications of projects offshore Western Newfoundland.
The dates, times and locations of public sessions in the Maritime provinces are now available. Dates for sessions within Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec were released last week.
The first public session for the review — with potential implications for the proposed Old Harry offshore development and others — will be Sept. 30 in Port aux Basques.
A session will be held in Miramichi, N.B. on Oct. 9; Charlottetown P.E.I. on Oct. 10; and Sydney, N.S. on Oct. 11. Locations and times are available on The CNLOPB website (http://www.cnlopb.nl.ca/news/nr20120928en.shtml).
The consultations are being held around the Atlantic provinces, since offshore oil projects in the Gulf of St. Lawrence could affect areas throughout the region.
The regulator has stated information on further consultations will be announced as the session details are finalized.
From The Telegram, Sat., Sept. 22 — “Public consultations to address Western N.L. offshore”:
St. John’s — The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) has released the schedule for public consultation sessions for the update of its strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for Western Newfoundland.
The SEA is a broad look at potential environmental implications of offshore developments. It feeds decisions on applications for individual projects.
The update is being completed by a working group, including representatives from the provincial and federal governments.
AMEC Environment and Infrastructure has been hired to conduct the public consultations around Atlantic Canada.
In this province, sessions begin on Sept. 30 in Port aux Basques, from 5-9 p.m. at the Bruce II Sports Centre. Others follow in Stephenville, Corner Brook, Rocky Harbour and Blanc Sablon, Que., from Oct. 1-4. Further details on these meetings are available on the board’s website.