OTTAWA, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of the strengthened and modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012) put in place to support the government's Responsible
Resource Development Initiative, the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is
required for the proposed Shelburne Basin Venture Exploration Drilling
Project, located off the coast of Nova Scotia. To assist it in making
its decision, the Agency is seeking comments from the public on the
project and its potential effects on the environment.
Shell Canada Limited is proposing to conduct an exploratory drilling
program approximately 250 kilometres off the coast of Nova Scotia,
consisting of up to seven exploration wells within Exploration Licenses
2423, 2424, 2425, 2426, 2429, and 2430, over a four year period from
2015 to 2019. Specific drilling locations will be determined using
seismic data gathered as part of the Shelburne Basin 3D Seismic Survey
conducted in summer 2013.
Written comments must be submitted by December 23, 2013 to:
Shelburne Basin Venture Exploration Drilling Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3N4
To view a summary of the project description or for more information on
the project and on the environmental assessment process, visit the
Agency's website at www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca (Registry reference number 80058). All comments received will be considered public.
The Agency will post a decision on its website stating whether a federal
environmental assessment is required.
If it is determined that a federal environmental assessment is required,
the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this
project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement
elements of CEAA 2012.
Projects subject to CEAA 2012 are assessed using a science-based
approach. If the project is permitted to proceed to the next phase, it
will continue to be subject to Canada's strong environmental laws,
rigorous enforcement and follow-up, and increased fines.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers the federal
environmental assessment process, which identifies the environmental
effects of proposed projects and measures to address those effects, in
support of sustainable development.
SOURCE: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
For further information:
media may contact:
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Telephone: 613-960-1519