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    Laurentian Sub-Basin Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment released for public comment

    News // April 25, 2003
    The Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) and the Canada - Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NOPB) have released a draft copy of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for the Laurentian Sub-basin.

    The draft SEA was prepared by Jacques Whitford Environment Limited under contract to the C-NOPB and is currently under review by both Boards. The general public is invited to participate in the process by providing written comment on the assessment by May 15th, 2003. These written comments will be considered in preparation of a final document which will be used as both Boards negotiate the conversion of the existing Exploration Permits in the area to Exploration Licences.

    A Strategic Environmental Assessment provides a broad overview of the existing environment and considers the scope and nature of the likely environmental effects of activities and possible mitigation measures. The SEA is not a replacement for the more detailed and specific environmental assessment that must be submitted to the regulatory Boards as part of all work authorization applications in either offshore area.

    Written comments on the draft SEA will be reviewed by both Boards, but, for the ease of public participation, only need to be forwarded to the C-NOPB, Attention - Kim Coady, Environmental Assessment Officer; 5th Floor - TD Place; 140 Water Street; St. John's; Newfoundland; A1C 6H6; or via e-mail at postmaster@cnopb.nf.ca. Comments should be received by 4:00 p.m. NDT on Thursday, May 15th.

    A copy of the draft Strategic Environmental Assessment is available on the websites of both Boards - at www.cnsopb.ns.ca or at www.cnopb.nfnet.com. Those without access to the internet can request a copy of the draft SEA through the offices of either Board.

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