2017 Soybean Harvest

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

National Energy Board cancels Same Season Relief Well hearing

The National Energy Board (NEB) has now cancelled outright the hearing process announced in February to review the need for relief wells associated with offshore oil drilling.  In an earlier post I commented on the effect the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has had on that hearing process and on the NEB's policy of "goal-oriented regulation".

Now, rather than addressing the particular question of relief wells (work on a relief well in the Gulf of Mexico is currently under way, but won't be ready for months), the NEB plans a general review of Arctic safety and environmental offshore drilling requirements.  The NEB says, "Full details of the review will be announced in the near future, when the focus in the Gulf of Mexico shifts from stopping the leak and protecting the environment to understanding what happened. The process will be public and consultative. The NEB will welcome the participation of other regulators in this process."

Click on this link to view the NEB's Press Release.