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Written Comments

Public engagement is important to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB). By providing us with input, your views and comments will be taken into consideration when making decisions with respect to the possible award of exploration licences.

The public have the opportunity to submit written comments specific to the areas included in Call for Bids NS17-1.

The deadline for the submission of public written comments is September 25 at 4:00 p.m. in order to give appropriate time for the CNSOPB and potential bidders to review submissions, prior to making decisions with respect to bidding on and issuance of exploration licences. Any comments that are received by the deadline will be made publicly available here. Please direct all written comments to:

Call For Bids NS17-1

Christine Bonnell-Eisnor
Director, Regulatory Affairs & Finance
Secretary of the Board
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
8th Floor, T.D. Centre
1791 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 3K9
Fax: (902) 422-1799


When the CNSOPB makes these comments available, it will include your full name, any credentials that you provide, and your personal views or opinions. Your home address, telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures will not be publicly disclosed. If you do not want your comments disclosed publically, please indicate this in your submission.

If you want to provide confidential or sensitive information that you think should not be made public, please indicate this in your submission.

It should be noted that a Call for Bids and the possible issuance of an exploration licence is not an indicator that an application for activity has been submitted, and it does not guarantee an authorization to work in the offshore area. Project-specific Environmental Assessments must be completed for any proposed activities as part of an application to undertake work in the offshore area, and mitigation may be required. In addition, potential Operators must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the CNSOPB that they can operate safely and work proactively to prevent incidents.

For additional information, please review the relevant Strategic Environmental Assessment:

Strategic Environmental Assessment for Sydney Basin and Orpheus Graben Areas