Municipal Affairs and Environment

Registration 1702

Flat Bay Petroleum Exploration Wells & Access Road

Proponent: Investcan Energy Corp.

Summary of Environmental Assessment Process

Project Description:

The proponent has submitted a proposal to construct an access road and drill pads to drill one (with the option to drill a second) oil and gas exploration well. The exploration wells, known as Thoulet #1 and Thoulet #2 will be located on Crown land approximately seven kilometres south-southwest of the community of Flat Bay and 1.5 to 2.5 kilometres northwest of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH). The access road will require connection to the TCH and will proceed in a general northwesterly direction to the well sites. The exploration wells will be drilled under a Drilling Program Approval (DPA) and an Authorization to Drill a Well (ADW), as regulated by the Department of Natural Resources. There are no plans to introduce injection fluids to stimulate production on a continuous basis, however, routine work-over programs, such as acidizing may or may not be deemed necessary. Matrix acidizing is the process of pumping fluids, below frac-pressure, in an effort to dissolve limestone, dolomite and calcite. It is anticipated that a minimum of 50 days will be required to complete the two targeted 2000 metre deep wells. A groundwater monitoring program will also be implemented.

  • March 25, 2013 - The undertaking was registered.
  • May 2, 2013 - Deadline for public comments.
  • May 9, 2013 - The minister’s decision is due.
  • May 16, 2013 - Environmental Preview Report Required.
  • May 24, 2013 - Environmental Assessment Committee Appointed.
  • August 29, 2013 - Environmental Preview Report Submitted.

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