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Wed, 09/26/2018

Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Invites Public Comments on an EA Scoping Document for a Potential Seismic Program

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News Release
For Immediate Release                                                                               

September 26, 2018

(Halifax, Nova Scotia) – The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) has received a Project Description from Multiklient Invest (MKI) for a 2D/3D seismic program that could potentially be carried out in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area.

Before any activity can take place, MKI would have to make application for, and be granted, a Geophysical Work Authorization. No such application has been submitted at this time.  A project-specific environmental assessment (EA) would need to be submitted in support of such an application; the Project Description has been filed to initiate this process.  The CNSOPB has developed a scoping document (SD) outlining requirements and key topic areas for MKI to asses within their EA.

CNSOPB invites Indigenous groups and the public to submit written comments on the draft SD, which is available at: https://www.cnsopb.ns.ca/sites/default/files/MKI_Scoping_Document_draft.pdf. Please submit your comments to comments@cnsopb.ns.ca by October 29, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. All comments received will be considered public and will be posted in the CNSOPB EA Registry. The final SD will be posted on the CNSOPB EA Registry, once this process is complete.

About the Board

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is the independent joint agency of the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities and resources offshore Canada-Nova Scotia.             

Additional Resources

Project Description from MKI: https://www.cnsopb.ns.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/FA0164_MKI_NS_PD-3_August_18-Final_jrcrevised26Sept2018.pdf
Overview of the EA Process Under the Accords Acts: https://www.cnsopb.ns.ca/sites/default/files/pdfs/CNSOPB_Flow_Chart_Sept26_2018.pdf
Seismic Program Authorizations Fact Sheet: https://www.cnsopb.ns.ca/media/featured-articles/seismic-program-authorizations

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For further information, please contact:
Stacy O’Rourke
Director, Communications
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
Cell: 902-410-6402 | sorourke@cnsopb.ns.ca