Environmental Documents Available For Public Comment

The CNSOPB’s responsibility for environmental protection includes ensuring both Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs) and Environmental Assessments (EAs) are conducted. SEAs are completed prior to Call for Bids on potential exploration licenses are issued, and EAs are completed during the application for approval to conduct exploration or development programs  by either the CNSOPB or the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, depending on the program. Both EAs and SEAs and their associated documentation are available on the CNSOPB  Public Registry and the Public Registry Archives, found here:



The following documents are now open for public comments:

An addendum to the Western Scotian Shelf and Slope SEA has been prepared to assess additional lands on the Western Scotian Shelf area. It is now known that the 2018 Call for Bids process will likely involve Crown Reserve Lands that extend beyond the original SEA Project area into an area not previously subject to the CNSOPB’s SEA process.


This document is now available for a 30-day public comment period, to close on December 16, 2016. Please forward comments on the document to emacdonald [at] cnsopb [dot] ns [dot] ca (Elizabeth MacDonald).