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Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project – Public Comments Invited

October 3, 2016 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency commenced a federal environmental assessment for the proposed Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project, located approximately 480 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, in an area known as the Flemish Pass, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Agency invites the public to comment on which aspects of the environment may be affected by this project and what should be examined during the environmental assessment, as detailed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines. All comments received will be considered public.

Written comments must be submitted by November 2, 2016 to:

Flemish Pass Exploration Drilling Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
200-1801 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N4
Telephone: 902-426-0564
Email: CEAA.FlemishPass-PasseFlamande.ACEE@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

To view the draft EIS Guidelines or for more information, visit the Agency's website (Registry reference number 80129). Printed copies are available upon request.

Map depicting the location of the project, as described in the current document.

The proposed project

Statoil Canada Ltd. (Statoil) is proposing to conduct an exploration drilling project within offshore Exploration Licenses located in the Flemish Pass Basin, approximately 480 kilometres east of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The project would take place over a 10-year period, commencing in 2018 and would allow Statoil to determine the presence, nature and quantities of the potential hydrocarbon resource.

The drilling would be within several exploration licences currently held by Statoil and its partners. Should Statoil become the operator of additional existing exploration licenses in the Flemish Pass or of new exploration licenses as a result of the 2016 Call for Bids processes (NL16-CFB01 and NL16-CFB02) in the Eastern Newfoundland Region or the Jeanne d'Arc Offshore Region, these may be incorporated into the scope of the environmental assessment.

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