CNOOC Gets approval for Flemish Pass exploration drilling program

CNOOC Gets approval for Flemish Pass exploration drilling program

CNOOC’s proposed exploration drilling project offshore of Newfoundland and Labrador will be allowed to proceed, the federal government has announced – though it will be bound by a number of conditions throughout the project’s lifespan.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson announced the decision following a thorough and science-based environmental assessment process concluding that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects when mitigation measures are taken into account.

“The Government of Canada is working with Canadians across the country to protect the environment and grow the economy. By evaluating projects based on sound science and Indigenous Knowledge, and putting in place legally-binding measures, we can protect our water and our air while supporting our communities,” said Wilkinson.

CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC can now proceed with obtaining any additional authorizations and permits from federal departments as well as the Canadian-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board.

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