BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project

325 kilometres northeast of St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Reference number: 80174
Federal Responsible Authority: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Proponent: BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation
Environmental Assessment Type: Environmental Assessment to be determined
Status: Project under consideration

Latest Update

June 6, 2019 - The public comment period on the project and its potential for causing adverse environmental effects is closed. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is considering comments received to inform its decision on whether an environmental assessment is required for the designated project. A notice of the Agency’s determination will be published by June 30, 2019.

About the Proposal

BHP Petroleum (New Ventures) Corporation is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore exploration licences in the Orphan Basin, located 325 kilometres northeast of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador in the Atlantic Ocean. As proposed, the BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project would allow the proponent, over a nine-year period, to determine the presence, nature, and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource in exploration licences 1157 and 1158.


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For questions or information, please contact:

BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Fax: 902-426-6550

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