Public Notice: BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project — Participant Funding Available
August 16, 2019 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making funding available through its Participant Funding Program to assist the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in the federal environmental assessment for the proposed BHP Canada Exploration Drilling Project, located approximately 325 kilometres northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Funding is available for eligible individuals and groups to assist their participation in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or on the summary thereof, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.
Applications received by September 15, 2019, will be considered. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.
To apply for funding, contact the Participant Funding Program by writing to [email protected], or by calling 1-866-582-1884. The application form is available on the Agency’s website at canada.ca/ceaa under Participant funding.
More information on this project is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry website, Registry reference number 80174.
The Proposed Project
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.