BILL NO. 82
(as passed, with amendments)
2nd Session, 61st General Assembly
59 Elizabeth II, 2010
Offshore Licencing Policy ActCHAPTER 40 OF THE ACTS OF 2010
The Honourable Bill Estabrooks, M.B.
Minister of Energy
First Reading: November 3, 2010 (LINK TO BILL AS INTRODUCED)
Second Reading: November 8, 2010
Third Reading: December 10, 2010 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS)
Royal Assent: December 10, 2010
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
2 The purpose of this Act is to direct the Minister of Energy to use the Minister's powers and authority under the Accord Acts to ensure that no person engages in exploration or drilling for or the production, conservation, processing or transportation of petroleum on Georges Bank until a resolution is passed by the House of Assembly accepting a recommendation to permit the licensing of petroleum interests and activity, in whole or in part, on Georges Bank.
(a) "Accord" means the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord dated August 26, 1986, and entered into by the Government of Canada, as represented by the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Natural Resources, and by the Government of Nova Scotia, as represented by the Premier of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mines and Energy;
(b) "Accord Acts" means the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act (Canada) and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act;
(b) inform the Board that it is a matter of public interest that the moratorium be maintained unless a resolution has been passed by the House of Assembly accepting a recommendation to permit the licensing of petroleum interests and activity, in whole or in part, on Georges Bank;
(b) offshore petroleum exploration and development activity on Georges Bank is attractive to industry due to the cost of developing potential petroleum resources and the long-term projections for resources prices; and
(c) there are prospects for revenue streams and economic impacts of a significant nature to the benefit of all Nova Scotians, including those in southwest Nova Scotia, from petroleum activity on Georges Bank,
(4) Where, based upon the examination under subsection (1), the Minister does not form the opinion referred to in subsection (2), the Minister shall not order a public review, but shall continue to exercise the Minister's power and discretion in the manner provided in clause 6(a).
8 (1) Where the Minister orders that a public review be conducted, the review must consider the environmental and socio-economic impact of exploration and drilling for petroleum on Georges Bank and the Minister shall specify the time within which the public review is to take place, the manner in which it is to take place and the form and manner in which a recommendation is to be prepared for the Minister's consideration and may
(2) The Governor in Council may confer on the persons appointed pursuant to clause 8(b) all or any of the powers, privileges and immunities conferred on persons appointed as commissioners pursuant to the Public Inquiries Act.
9 Where a public review under this Act results in a recommendation that the moratorium is no longer necessary, in whole or in part, the recommendation must be presented to the House of Assembly by the Minister for a vote on whether to accept the recommendation.
10 Where a resolution under Section 9 to accept the recommendation is passed by a majority vote of the House of Assembly, the Minister shall endeavour to implement the outcome of the resolution through the authority given to the Minister under the Accord Acts.
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