The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is conducting a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Bay du Nord Development Project, which is located approximately 450 kilometres offshore, east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Equinor (formerly Statoil Canada Ltd.), in partnership with Husky Oil Operations Limited, is proposing to install and operate a floating offshore oil and gas production facility in the Flemish Pass. As proposed, the Bay du Nord Development Project would be in operation for approximately 30 years, with the potential for additional wells and tie-backs to the production facility.
The agency invites the public and Indigenous groups to comment on the potential environmental effects of the project and the proposed measures to prevent or mitigate those effects as described in the Environmental Impact Statement.
This is the third of four opportunities for the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the project.
A virtual meeting will be held during this consultation period to share information on the progress of the federal environmental assessment process for the project and to explain next steps. Representatives from the Agency, the proponent and expert federal departments will also be available to answer questions from participants
Written comments in either official language will be accepted until September 13, 2020.
Comments can be submitted online by visiting the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry (reference number 80154). All comments received will be published online as part of the project file.
The agency recognizes that it is more challenging to undertake meaningful public engagement and Indigenous consultation in light of the circumstances arising from COVID-19. It continues to assess the situation with key stakeholders, make adjustments to consultation activities, and is providing flexibility as needed in order to prioritize health and safety while maintaining its duty to conduct meaningful engagement with interested groups.
As a next step, the Agency will prepare the draft Environmental Assessment Report and the potential environmental assessment conditions for the project. The public will be invited to comment on these documents during a final public comment period on this project.
To read a summary of the Environmental Impact Statement, click here.
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