Lessons learned from prediction and monitoring of environmental effects of oil and gas exploitation on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland


Offshore oil and gas exploitation has been taking place on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and the Scotian Shelf since the 1990s. Each operation was subject to an environmental assessment (EA) and has an environmental effects monitoring (EEM) program. The findings of the monitoring programs are reviewed by the Canada-Newfoundland and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Boards and other federal agencies on an individual basis, however there has not been a coordinated review of this information to determine how well the EEM programs are performing. This project compiles the information from the EAs, the baseline studies, and the ongoing EEM programs to determine how observed effects match the effects predicted in the EAs, to compare the efficiency of the indicators used for monitoring, and to recommend best practices for monitoring future offshore oil and gas developments.

Program Name

Strategic Program for Ecosystem-based Research and Advice (SPERA)


Atlantic: Newfoundland, Labrador Shelves

Principal Investigator(s)

Robin Anderson

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