Offshore Petroleum Boards Given Too Much Power in New Impact Assessment Act, say Fishing Industry Reps
Nova Scotia seafood industry representatives are hoping their plea for changes to Bill C-69 didn’t fall on deaf ears when they appeared before the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in Halifax on April 24.
The hearing was one of three in Atlantic Canada and nine across the country to study Bill C-69, An Act to Enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and to amend and rename the Navigation Protection Act.
Under the Impact ...
BP Canada Comes up Dry in Scotian Basin
The first of what could be as many as seven exploratory wells in the Scotian Basin is being plugged and abandoned by BP Canada after the drilling project failed to find commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.
The Hess Corporation, which holds a 50 per cent interest in the Scotian Basin Exploration Drilling Program, announced on November 9 that drilling of the Aspy exploration well in offshore Nova Scotia had reached a total depth of 7,400 meters.
“The prospect did not encounter commerc...
Opposition Mounting to Proposed N.S. Seismic Programs
The wheels have been set in motion for a proposed 10-year seismic project that covers basically the entire Scotian Shelf and the Scotian Slope.
The plan involves an area extending from approximately 40 km from the southern coastline of Nova Scotia to 350 km offshore.
The draft project description was filed with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) by Multiklient Invest AS (MKI), Oslo, Norway and TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA (TGS), Houston, Texas, as the first ...
Drilling Resumes in Scotian Basin
Lobbyists Call for Moratorium and Public Inquiry
BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) is back drilling in the Scotian Basin.
The resumption in oil petroleum exploration drilling comes only a month after an unauthorized discharge of 136 cubic metres of synthetic based drilling mud forced the company to suspend operations, pending an investigation by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB).
The C-NSOPB’s “ongoing investigation into the unauthorized discharge of ...
Call Goes Out to Halt BP Exploration Project
Unauthorized Discharge of Drilling Mud in Scotian Basin Raises Alarm Bells
The unauthorized discharge of approximately 136 cubic metres of synthetic-based drilling mud by BP Canada Energy Group ULC (BP Canada) just two months into drilling an exploratory well in the Scotian Basin has raised alarm bells and a call to the federal government to halt the offshore project.
The spill was reported on June 22 and was still under investigation as of The Navigator’s press time. Preliminary ...