January 5, 2004

NEB seeks panel review of proposal to gather seismic data in Gulf of St Lawrence

CALGARY, ALTA-The National Energy Board (NEB) has asked the federal Environment Minister to refer a seismic data gathering project proposal to a review panel. The request pertains to an application from Geophysical Service to gather up to 2,500 linear kilometres of 2D marine seismic data in the western Gulf of St Lawrence. In accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the NEB sought and received comments on the proposal from other federal departments and the public. The Board concluded that, even taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the project may cause significant adverse environmental effects and that public concerns warrant a reference to a review panel. More information is available from Denis Tremblay at the NEB, 403/299-2717, or on the NEB Web site, www.neb-one.gc.ca.
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