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March 5, 2012

The Hebron Public Review is completed and this web site will no longer be updated.  Thank you.


February 28, 2012: Final Report Released

Miller Ayre, Commissioner of the Hebron Public Review, submitted the Report of the Hebron Public Review Commission to the C-NLOPB and the Federal and Provincial Ministers of Natural Resources. 

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 finds that certain aspects of the Development Application are incomplete, withheld or not supported. The Commission has recommended that, as a condition of the Board’s approval, the Proponent be required to make significant improvements to the Development Application including the Benefits Plan, the Socio-Economic Impact Statement and the Concept Safety Analysis. Not all of these recommendations need be completed prior to the CNLOBP’s final decision. Pool 3 should not be approved with this application, but should be the subject of its own application.

Watch the Press Conference here.


February 27, 2012: Release of Commissioner’s Report Tomorrow

The Hebron Public Review Commissioner will release the Hebron Public Review Report on Tuesday, February 28 at 1030 am at the Conception Bay South Suite, Holiday Inn, St. John’s. Copies of the report will be available for distribution to individuals and groups who presented at the review. On completion of the Press Conference, the report will be made live at www.hebronpublicreview.ca and on the C-NLOPB’s website.

January 27, 2012: ExxonMobil provides Answers to Questions asked by Commissioner during Public Hearings 

On behalf of the Project proponents, EMCP has responded to written questions the Commission had forwarded during the course of the Hebron Public Review sessions.  A response to one additional question verbally communicated during the Marystown session is also included in the attached response. 

January 6, 2012: Revised Public Review Transcripts Posted

The Public Review Session transcripts have been revised and posted to the Public Registry of Documents webpage.  The Commissioner continues to work on a offical record which will be posted when available.

December 7: Conclusion of Public Review  Sessions

The Public Review Sessions have now concluded. In his closing remarks, the Commissioner thanked the public for their thoughtful and thought-provoking submissions. The Commission will not be accepting any new submissions after today and will submit the final report to the C-NLOPB and federal and provincial Ministers of Natural Resources by the end of February.

December 1: Change to Schedule for Today

Please be advised that to allow sufficient time for the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour to present their views, 1 hr 15 minutes has been allotted to them on Monday, December 5, and 1 hr 15 minutes on Wednesday, December 7, from 10:00 to 11:15. Today’s presentations on safety and benefits will begin at 1pm. The weekly schedule has been updated accordingly.

November 29: Updated Schedule for Wednesday November 30: Human Safety Session

The Hebron Public Review will hold the first of two Sessions on Human Safety, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Holiday Inn in St John’s.

Time Presentation  
09:00 Commissioner Opening Remarks
09:15 ExxonMobil Canada’s Opening Remarks
09:45 Questions arising from the previous day
10:00 Nutrition Break
10:15 CEP 2121
11:00 New Democratic Party
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Merv Wiseman
1:45 Nutrition Break
2:00 Phil Towers, Sea-Force Hyperbaric
2:45 Non-registered participants to speak
3:00 End Session Comments by Commissioner

November 28: Updated Daily Schedule for Tuesday November 29, St John’s, Holiday Inn: Development and Benefits Session 

Time Presentation  
09:00 Commissioner Opening Remarks
09:15 ExxonMobil Canada’s Opening Remarks
09:45 Questions arising from the previous day
10:00 Nutrition Break
10:15 NOIA
11:15 Women in Resource Development
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Office to Advance Women Apprentices
1:45 Nutrition Break
2:00 Eastern Suppliers Development Initative (ESDA)
2:45 Non-registered participants to speak
3:00 End Session Comments by Commissioner


November 23 at 9:46pm: Daily Schedule for Thursday November 24, Clarenville Inn: General Session

The Hebron Public Review Session will be held in Clarenville on Thursday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Persons wishing to attend should note that the session will proceed in Clarenville tomorrow and, if persons cannot attend due to weather, the transcripts and presentations will be made available on this website as soon as possible.

Time Presentation  
1:00 Commissioner Opening Remarks
1:15 ExxonMobil Canada’s Opening Remarks
1:45 Questions arising from the previous day
2:00 Isthmus Research Project
2:45 Town of Sunnyside
3:15 Nutrition Break
3:30 Town of Clarenville
4:15 Eastern Suppliers Development Alliance
5:00 Nutrition Break
5:15 Neighbourhood of Friends Family Resource Centre
5:45 Regional Committee on Housing
6:15 Non-registered participants to speak
6:45 End Session Comments by Commissioner


November 23

All documentation, including transcripts from the Public Review Sessions (as they become available) are available on our new Public Registry of Documents webpage.


November 21, 2011: Daily Schedule for Tuesday November 22, St John’s, Holiday Inn: General Session

The second Hebron Public Review Session will held on Tuesday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Time Presentation  
1:00 Commissioner Opening Remarks
1:15 ExxonMobil Canada’s Opening Remarks
1:45 Questions arising from the previous day
2:00 City of St. John’s
2:45 Nutrition Break
3:00 Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association
3:45 Non pre-registered participants to speak
4:00 End Session Comments by Commissioner

Members of the general public who have not pre-registered but who would like to give an oral presentation to the Commission or ask a question are reminded that they are welcome to do so, provided there is sufficient time, and at the discretion of the Commissioner. Registration forms are available from the Commission Staff at each session.


November 18, 2011: Daily Schedule for Monday November 21, St John’s, Holiday Inn: General Session

The first Hebron Public Review Session will held on Monday at the Holiday Inn from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Time Presentation  
9:00 Commissioner Opening Remarks
9:15 ExxonMobil Canada’s Opening Remarks
10:00 NOIA
12:00 Lunch
1:00 St. John’s Board of Trade
1:45 United Way of Newfoundland and Labrador
2:30 Non pre-registered participants to speak
3:30 End Session Comments by Commissioner

November 17, 2011: Updated Schedule of Public Review Sessions

As of November 17, 2011, the Public Review Sessions are scheduled for the following locations and times:

Date and Time Location Session Subject
Nov 21, 9am to 4pm St. John’s, Holiday Inn Salon D General
Nov 22, 1pm to 4pm St. John’s, Holiday Inn Salon D General
Nov 23, 1pm-6pm Marystown Hotel, Convention Centre General
Nov 24, 1pm-8pm Clarenville, Clarenville Inn General
Nov 28, 9am-4pm St. John’s, Holiday Inn Salon D Development Plan
Nov 29, 9am-4pm St. John’s, Holiday Inn Salon D Development Plan and Benefits Plan
Nov 30, 9am-2pm St. John’s, Holiday Inn Salon D Human Safety
Dec 1, 10am-3pm St. John’s, Holiday Inn Salon D Human Safety and Summary
Dec 5, 9am-4pm St. John’s, Delta Salon D Benefits Plan
Dec 6, 9am-4pm St. John’s, Delta Salon D Environmental Protection
Dec 7, 9am-1pm St. John’s, Delta Salon D Environmental Protection and Public Review Summary

This schedule is subject to change. Please go to Public Review Sessions for a list of presenters and more information.


November 8, 2011

C-NLOPB posted on their website, a response from ExxonMobil Canada Properties to a letter dated November 4, 2011 from the C-NLOPB, requesting clarification on the Hebron Project Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Benefits Plan.


November 2, 2011

Please be advised that an updated version of Assessing the Economic Impacts of the Hebron Offshore Oil Project by Dr. Wade Locke has been published to our website, correcting some minor printing errors. Be advised that in describing Figure 17 on p. 27, the text has been corrected to read:

“Figure 17 profiles the local employment captured by jurisdiction as reported in the C-NLOPB annual reports. The local Hibernia employment captured by Newfoundland and Labrador to first oil was 66%. The corresponding estimate for other Canada was 12%, for a total Canadian benefit capture of 78%” versus 88% in the previous version.


November 1, 2011

The Commissioner released a report entitled, Assessing the Economic Impacts of the Hebron Offshore Oil Project by Dr. Wade Locke. The report provides information on the expected economic benefits of the Hebron Project.


October 26, 2011

The Additional Information Requests received by the Commissioner from the public have been posted.


October 21, 2011: Public Review Sessions Schedule Announced

The Commissioner has announced that the Public Review Sessions will be held from November 21 to December 8, with one day in Marystown on November 23 and one day in Clarenville on November 24. Groups and individuals should pre-register for the sessions as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions to participate in the Public Review Sessions is November 14.


October 20, 2011: New Documents Available

The Commissioner has received, reviewed and accepted the responses for additional information provided by ExxonMobil Canada Properties.

An updated version of the draft Comprehensive Study Report along with Supplementary Documents dated September 2011 have been uploaded under the Development Application tab.


October 11, 2011

On-line registration for Public Review Sessions is now available.

The Public Review Sessions are tentatively scheduled for St. John’s, Marystown and Clarenville in late November and early December 2011. A schedule of exact dates and times will be announced no later than 30 days in advance of the session start.


October 7, 2011

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has received updated Development Plan and Development Application Summary documents for the Hebron Project from ExxonMobil Canada Properties (EMCP) and has forwarded them to the Hebron Public Review Commission.

The Development Plan was updated to reflect revisions that were identified in letters dated August 4 and August 22, 2011 from EMCP in response to the C-NLOPB’s completeness review comments. EMCP has also updated the Development Application Summary documents to reflect revisions made to the Hebron Project Comprehensive Study Report.

These documents supersede the documents that were sent to the Board on April 15, 2011.

The Commission has also provided a merge of the Benefits Plan Completeness Review letters. This document is provided only for ease of readability. Please refer to the original completeness letters for reference purposes, as posted on our website.

The public should note that these documents are only a collation of previously provided information and do not represent a re-submission of the Application.


September 30, 2011

The Commissioner has submitted a request for additional information to ExxonMobil Canada Properties on September 30, 2011. In accordance with his Terms of Reference, the Commissioner has completed his initial review of the Development Application, based on submissions for additional information received from the public as well as comments from the Commissioner’s independent specialists.

Commissioner Ayre wishes to thank the various public organizations and individuals who submitted requests. 


September 23, 2011

The deadline to submit requests for additional information is today. Requests must be submitted to the Commissioner’s Office, electronically and followed by hard copy.  Individuals and groups of the general public may continue to pre-register for the Public Review Sessions, to be held sometime in the November timeframe. Groups and individuals may make oral or written presentations at these Sessions, please refer to our Operating Procedures for detailed information.


August 31, 2011

Notice was given to the public that the Public Review Sessions will commence no earlier than sixty (60) days after August 31, 2011, sometime in early November. Exact dates, times and locations of these sessions will be announced no later than thirty (30) days prior to the start of the first session.


August 25, 2011

The C-NLOPB has deemed that the Hebron Project Development Application is in regulatory compliance and has released the Development Application to the public. The Hebron Public Review Commission has now commenced the review process for the Project and has established its office at The Fortis Building, Suite 903, 139 Water Street, St. John’s, NL A1C 1B2.

Appropriate notices will be given of the time and place of each public session to provide ample opportunity for interested parties to participate in the hearings.

The first stage of the review process, to determine whether additional information should be provided by ExxonMobil before convening Public Review Sessions, is now underway. Submissions to request additional information about the Development Application must be received at the Commissioner’s office by Friday, September 23, 2011. Please refer to the Operating Procedures for more information on how to submit a formal request for additional information.