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Canada begins assessment process for BP drilling project off Nova Scotia

Project consists of up to seven wells more than 230 kilometres off the province's coast

August 20, 2015  by Canadian Staff

OTTAWA—The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has issued a call for public comments on the Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Project.

The process was kick-started by a proposal put forward by BP Canada Energy Group ULC, requesting to conduct an exploration drilling program approximately 230 to 370 kilometres off the southeast coast of Nova Scotia. The project would consist of up to seven exploration wells and take approximately three years, pending required approvals.

The public comment period is the first step in the Environmental Assessment Agency’s process. The agency said pecific drilling locations will be determined using seismic data gathered as part of BP’s 3D seismic exploration program conducted in 2014.

The comment period is designed to help inform the Agency’s environmental assessment approach and identify potential effects that the project may have on the environment.