Shell will be the first company to drill an exploration well in the Nova Scotia offshore in over a decade and could bring a new wave of economic benefits to the region. The project will take place in the deep waters off the Scotian Slope, 250 km offshore Nova Scotia.
Before any drilling takes place, however, the project must meet federal and provincial regulatory requirements. We’re providing environmental and regulatory support to help Shell move the project forward. This project is the first offshore drilling program to be assessed under new Canadian federal legislation (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012).
Working closely with Shell, we prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) to evaluate potential effects to fish and fish habitat, marine mammals and sea turtles, birds, and commercial and Aboriginal fishing. Our study builds on the strategic environmental assessment work we previously completed for this area. The EIS was submitted in June 2014 and is currently under regulatory review.
Regulatory approval is expected in Q2 2015. Pending regulatory approval, Shell plans to start drilling in the second half of 2015. In the meantime, we’re providing Shell with ongoing environmental and regulatory support as they prepare for the drilling program.