Safety, environment central to Noia: Day 2 presentations

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Regulatory decisions and safety are expected to be a key topic as the Noia oil and gas conference continues today in St. John’s.

Those presentations and discussions will be broken up with information on local megaprojects outside of the oil and gas sector, including the Lower Churchill project and mining developments.

The day begins with a keynote opening address from Jim Prentice, senior executive vice president and vice chairman of CIBC. He is also a former MP for Calgary Centre North and federal cabinet minister.

Prentice has often spoken out publicly in favour of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Lower Churchill hydroelectric project, including the Maritime Link with Nova Scotia and it is likely he will raise the topic today.

The link is still under review by the Nova Scotia utilities board, with closing arguments submitted to that regulator by the Government of Nova Scotia Tuesday.

Lower Churchill project lead Gilbert Bennett is scheduled to provide an update on that $7.7-billion project to conference-goers this afternoon.

The day’s schedule also incudes a panel discussion on social license, followed by a luncheon address by energy expert Amy Myers Jaffe.

The afternoon session, beginning at 2 p.m., looks deeper into the regulation — environmental and safety protections — with a presentation from Scott Tessier, chair and CEO of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) and a separate presentation by Felipe Bayon Pardo, senior vice-president of BP America and head of global deepwater response. Both will be followed by question and answer sessions.

And while the provincial Minister of Natural Resources Tom Marshall is off to China with Premier Kathy Dunderdale, the province will see representation at the conference today from assistant deputy minister David Liverman, who will provide an update on mining activities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Some members of the oil and gas supply and service community find cross-over opportunities in the mining sector. The industry also faces some of the same issues as the local oil and gas industry, including availability of skilled workers and productivity.

Outside the walls of the St. John’s Convention Centre, supply and service businesses will be showcasing their work at the Atlantic Canada Petroleum Show, opening today in Mile One Centre.

More from the floor later today and in tomorrow’s #telynl.

afitzpatrick@thetelegram.com

Organizations: CIBC, Maritime Link, Nova Scotia utilities board Government of Nova Scotia Tuesday.Lower Churchill Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum BP America

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Canada China

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