Proposed Crude Oil Refinery Project in Newfoundland and Labrador - Environmental Assessment to Continue the Comprehensive Study Process

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment
Agency, has determined that the comprehensive study process currently underway
is the most appropriate type of environmental assessment for the proposed
Crude Oil Refinery Project, in Southern Head, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    The Minister based his decision on the report and recommendations
submitted by the responsible authorities, Transport Canada and Fisheries and
Oceans Canada. The report contains information on each department's scope of
the proposed project, the factors to be considered in the environmental
assessment, public concerns submitted to authorities, the potential of the
project to cause adverse environmental effects and the ability of the
comprehensive studies to address issues relating to the project.
    To obtain a copy of the report, contact:

    Randy Decker                   Marvin Barnes, Manager
    Environmental Officer          Environmental Assessments and
    Environmental Affairs,         Major Projects
    Transport Canada               Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    P.O. Box 1300                  Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre
    Cabot Building                 80 East White Hills Road / PO Box 5667
    St. John's NL A1C 6H8          St John's, NL A1C 5X1
    Tel.: 709-772-3061             Tel.: 709-772-4912
    Fax: 709-772-3072              Fax: 709-772-5562  

    Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada will now continue their
respective comprehensive studies and submit a single final report to the
Minister of the Environment. At that time, the public will have an opportunity
to comment on the findings and recommendations of the report before the
Minister renders his final decision.
    Newfoundland and Labrador Refining Corporation, the proponent for the
project, is proposing to construct, operate and eventually decommission a
300,000 barrel per day (bbl/d) refinery that could be expanded to
600,000 bbl/d at some future date. The proponent proposes to locate the
refinery at Southern Head, between North Harbour and Come-by-Chance Harbour,
at the head of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    The refinery infrastructure will include the process facilities, marine
facilities, storage tanks, access road, transmission lines, pipelines, water
treatment facility, desalination plant and utilities. The refinery will
process imported medium and heavy, high sulphur crude oils into fuel products
suitable for the export market. The main products of the refinery will be
gasoline, kerosene/jet fuel and Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel with by-products
including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG - C3/C4), Sulphur and Petroleum Coke.

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will act as the Federal
Environmental Assessment Coordinator for this environmental assessment in
order to coordinate the participation of federal departments.

For further information:

For further information: media may call: Nicholas Girard, Senior
Communications Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, (613)

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