The Nova Scotia Legislature

The House adjourned:
October 26, 2017.

Bill No. 135

Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act (amended)

An Act to Amend Chapter 3 of the Acts of 1987, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act, and to Repeal Chapter 40 of the Acts of 2010, the Offshore Licensing Policy Act

Introduced by:
Honourable Michel P. Samson
Minister of Energy

First Reading
Second Reading Debates
Second Reading Passed
Law Amendments Committee
    Meeting Date(s) November 30, 2015
    Reported to the House
Committee of the Whole House
Third Reading Debates
Third Reading
Royal Assent
Commencement December 18, 2015; except Ss 4, 5 and 10: March 1, 2016.
2015 Statutes, Chapter 36

Explanatory Note

Clauses 1 to 3 correct a spelling error and references the updated name of a court.

Clause 4 repeals and replaces Section 134AA to mirror the amendment made to the federal Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act to provide that

(a) a joint notice may be issued by both the Nova Scotia and federal Ministers to prohibit the exploration and drilling for and the production, conservation and processing of petroleum on part or all of the area described in Schedule IV of the Act and the transportation of petroleum produced in that portion of the offshore area until December 31, 2022;

(b) an extension of the prohibition can be established jointly by both Ministers;

(c) each prohibition extension shall be for no longer than 10 years; and

(d) during the prohibition period, no person may engage in the prohibited activity on the area as set out in the notice.

Clause 5 repeals a spent Section.

Clauses 6 to 9 update the names of the courts.

Clause 10 repeals the Offshore Licensing Policy Act.

Clause 11 provides that some provisions of this Act come into force on proclamation.