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Website tracks gulf off-shore oil review

A website will soon be launched to allow the public to keep tabs on the independent environmental review of a proposed exploratory off-shore oil drilling project in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

A website will soon be launched to allow the public to keep tabs on the independent environmental review of a proposed exploratory off-shore oil drilling project in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board said it has never seen as much public reaction as it has against the project that would see Corridor Resources Inc. drilling a deep-water exploratory oil well in the Old Harry area of the Gulf between western Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands.

Public protests have taken place in the four Atlantic provinces and Quebec in the last couple of weeks. Fifty submissions highlighting concerns —including the possibility of a spill — were submitted to the C-NLOPB. 

The C-NLOPB has asked former New Brunswick ombudsman Bernard Richard to do an independent review, which includes public input.

Part of that includes a website, to be launched shortly.

Corridor's final environmental assessment will be posted soon after it's received by Richard's office.

Following that, the public will be given 30 days to outline any additional information it would like to see from Corridor.

Then public meetings will be held in areas around the Gulf. Those will also be listed on the website. A C-NLOPB spokesperson said people can also offer their opinions online.

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