Oil & Gas Exploration in Newfoundland and Labrador: Improving the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Environmental Assessment Requirements

Environmental Assessment Practice Leader
Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure

Steve Bonnell, Environmental Practice Leader with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, will provide an overview and evaluation of the application of Environmental Assessment (EA) requirements to proposed oil & gas projects and activities in Newfoundland and Labrador, including federal (CEAA2012) and federal-provincial (C-NLOPB) EA processes. This presentation will also identify a number of important regulatory and procedural issues that are often associated with these EAs, particularly under CEAA 2012, as well as some suggestions for improvement. Dr. Bonnell will also discuss potential upcoming changes to CEAA 2012 as a result of the recent expert panel report, and their potential implications for the industry – a very critical issue currently facing the industry.