Welcome to the Hebron Public Review

The Hebron Public Review Commission was established by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) to complete an independent assessment of the Hebron Project Development Application. The Commissioner, Miller Ayre, conducted a review of:

  • • considerations of human safety and environmental protection incorporated into the proposed design and operation of the Project;
  • • the general approach to the proposed and potential development and exploitation of the petroleum resources within the Hebron Significant Discovery Area;
  • • the resulting benefits that are expected to accrue to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and to Canada, having particular regard to the requirements for a Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Benefits Plan; and
  • • a consideration of the matters dealt with in the Development Plan Guidelines and the Benefits Plan Guidelines.

The Hebron Public Review did not examine questions of energy policy, jurisdiction, the fiscal or royalty regime of governments, the division of revenues between the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, or matters which went beyond the potential or proposed development of the Hebron Significant Discovery Area.

The Final Report of the Hebron Public Review Commission was submitted to the C-NLOPB and the Federal and Provincial Ministers of Natural Resources on February 28, 2012.

The Commissioner commented that the Hebron Project, at the regulatory approval stage, is the largest in the province’s history. It will have immediate and substantial impact on the local economy over the next five to six years as the project moves through the construction to installation phases. ExxonMobil, the project’s operator, is an industry leader with proven competence and an established local commitment.

“The project will be vitally important to the provincial treasury for more than 30 years, potentially contributing a total of $20 Billion to the provincial Treasury. The local oil industry directly and the provincial economy indirectly are significantly dependent on the growth of offshore oil projects. All of us who live here have expectations for sustainable growth with improved government services, job opportunities, and wealth.”

The Commission made 64 recommendations in his report, the key findings of which are summarized in the Executive Summary.

Terms of Reference

Operating Procedures

Final Report