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Suite 200
1801 Hollis Street
Halifax NS B3J 3N4

Agence canadienne d'évaluation environnementale
Bureau 200
1801 rue Hollis
Halifax, NE B3J 3N4

December 21, 2017

Sent by E-mail

Stephanie Curran
Regulatory Lead
Statoil Canada Ltd.
2 Steers Cove, Level 2
St. John's, NL A1C 6J5
scurr@statoil.com

Dear Ms. Curran,

SUBJECT: Agency Review of Revised Environmental Impact Statement

On December 20, 2017, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) received the revised Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and EIS Summary for the Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project (the Project) from Statoil Canada Ltd. (the proponent). The Agency has reviewed the submission in light of its December 19, 2017 letter to you and confirms that revisions have been made.

This letter is to inform you that the Agency has commenced the technical review of the document and will begin a public comment period as early as January 4, 2018. Given the similarity between the EIS documents for this Project and Exxon Mobil's Eastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project, the Agency intends to coordinate the technical review and comment periods for the two projects in order to maximize efficiencies for Indigenous groups, the public, technical reviewers, and proponents.

Please note that proceeding to a technical review and public comment period does not imply that the information provided is adequate to support the completion of the environmental assessment. The Agency will be issuing Information Requirements to you based on the results of the technical review conducted by federal experts, and on input received from the public and Indigenous groups during the comment period.

This letter may be posted on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry Internet Site: http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

If you have questions or wish to discuss further, please contact Shauna O'Brien at 902-426-9460 or via email at FlemishPass-PasseFlamande@ceaa-acee.gc.ca.

Sincerely,

Mike Atkinson
Regional Director – Atlantic Region
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

Cc: Kimberly Coady, Statoil Canada Ltd.
Elizabeth Young, Canada - Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Dave Burley, Canada - Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
Kimberley Keats, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Glenn Troke, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Allison Denning, Health Canada
Jason Flanagan, Transport Canada
Deborah Campbell, Natural Resources Canada
Carla Stevens, Major Projects Management Office

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