Southeastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project

ExxonMobil Canada Ltd. is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within its offshore exploration license in the Carson Basin, located approximately 300 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, Southeastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent, over a 10-year period, to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration license 1136. Should additional exploration licences be acquired by the proponent, these may be incorporated into the environmental assessment should the Agency determine that one is required.


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Latest update

November 5, 2018 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued its environmental assessment determination and decided that an environmental assessment of the designated project is required.

The Agency commenced the environmental assessment and issued the Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the proponent on November 5, 2018 for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
7 Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines PDF (963 KB) November 5, 2018
6 Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment - November 5, 2018
5 Notice of Environmental Assessment Determination - November 5, 2018
3 Summary of a Project Description of a Designated Project PDF (1.2 MB) September 20, 2018

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Southeastern Newfoundland Offshore Exploration Drilling Project
Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Fax: 902-426-6550

  • Location

    • 300 kilometres east of St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Oil and Gas
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
  • Authorities

    • Impact Assessment Agency of Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Environmental assessment under CEAA 2012
  • Reference Number

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