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Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Regional Assessment focuses on the effects of existing and anticipated offshore oil and gas exploratory drilling in the offshore area east of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Regional Assessment aims to improve the efficiency of the environmental assessment process as it applies to oil and gas exploration drilling, while at the same time ensuring the highest standards of environmental protection continue to be applied and maintained.  The assessment will build upon the experience and knowledge gained in assessing previous projects, reduce duplication in processes and information, and result in more efficient project reviews for exploration projects.


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This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


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May 7, 2020 — The public comment period on the Discussion Paper on a Ministerial Regulatory Proposal to Designate Offshore Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador for Exclusion under the Impact Assessment Act (IAA) is closed.

March 4, 2020 — The Committee submitted its final Regional Assessment Report to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

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Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
196 Regional Assessment Report (Translation corrections - Updated on March 10, 2020) PDF (11.3 MB) February 29, 2020
168 Federal Crown Consultation Approach for the Regional Assessment PDF (1.1 MB) January 22, 2020
90 From Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization to the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada re: List of VME Indicator Species (2020) DRAFT PDF (693 KB) November 1, 2019

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