N.L. considers expanding deepwater drilling - Macleans.ca

N.L. considers expanding deepwater drilling

P.E.I. environment minister calls for summit to discuss environmental threat

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As oil continues to wash up on the shores of Florida, Louisiana and Texas, Newfoundland is looking for proposals to drill deeper wells than ever before. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has called for bids from companies who could drill in an area known as Flemish Pass where the seafloor is 1,000-2,000 meters below the surface. The Deepwater Horizon—which killed 11 people when it exploded in April and wreaked environmental havoc—is 1,259 meters below the surface. P.E.I.’s environment minister Richard Brown called for a summit of Atlantic leaders to discuss the potential of a similar disaster happening off Canada’s shores.

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