Nfld. & Labrador

Old Harry drilling proposal review on hold

A review of a proposal to drill in the Old harry area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been put on hold.

A review of a proposal to drill in the Old harry area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been put on hold.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says it is delaying the review of the Old Harry site near the Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

The federal-provincial regulator says it is doing so after receiving a request from Corridor Resources Inc. to issue a prohibition order.

The board says such an order can be made in the case of an environmental or social problem of a serious nature.

A spokesman for the board says he could not elaborate, and Corridor officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Halifax-based company's plans for Old Harry have angered environmental groups who say drilling should not be allowed in a sensitive marine area.

The area has also been the source of discord between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador because it straddles a disputed boundary between the two provinces.

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