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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 Commenced: 2019-06-28
Environmental Assessment Type: Environmental Assessment by Responsible Authority
Status: Environmental assessment in progress

Latest Update

August 16, 2019 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is making funding available to assist with participation in the environmental assessment of this project. Applications received by September 15, 2019 will be considered.

The Agency commenced the environmental assessment and issued the Environmental Impact Statement Guidelines to the proponent on June 28, 2019 for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.

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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  • News Releases (3)
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  • Additional Information (5)
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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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