Environment Minister Announces Decision on the Proposed Deep Panuke Offshore Gas Development Project in Nova Scotia

    OTTAWA, Sept. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency, today announced that the proposed Deep Panuke Offshore Gas Development
Project is not likely to cause any adverse environmental effects. The Minister
has referred the project back to the responsible authorities, the
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, the National Energy Board,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Industry Canada and Transport Canada, for
appropriate action.
    The Minister based his environmental assessment decision on the following

    - the comprehensive study report, including conclusions and
      recommendations, submitted by the responsible authorities;
    - public comments received during a 30-day consultation period which
      ended on July 10, 2007, and the responses of the responsible
      authorities to the comments;
    - the implementation of mitigation measures and a follow-up program.

    The Minister recommends that the responsible authorities ensure the
implementation of the mitigation measures described in the comprehensive study
report. The Minister also recommends that the responsible authorities
implement the follow-up program described in the report, in order to determine
the effectiveness of the measures taken to mitigate any adverse environmental
effects, and to verify the accuracy of the environmental assessment of the
    A copy of the Minister's decision statement can be found on the Canadian
Environmental Assessment Registry (www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca) using reference number

    Deep Panuke is a proposed offshore natural gas production project,
located about 45 km west southwest of Sable Island and some 250 km southeast
of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The main project components include a jack-up mobile
offshore production unit, subsea flow lines and wells, and an export pipeline.
It would be the second offshore gas project in Nova Scotia waters, the other
being the Goldboro Sable Offshore Energy Project.
    The project was the subject of an eleven-month environmental assessment
process which proceeded concurrently with a regulatory review that was held
jointly by the National Energy Board and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore
Petroleum Board.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Robert Deslauriers, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)
957-0396, robert.deslauriers@ceaa-acee.gc.ca; For more information about the
environmental assessment process: Paul Schafer, Project Analyst, Canadian
Environmental Assessment Agency, (613) 948-1786, paul.schafer@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

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