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.
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.