Environmental Protection and Oil and Gas Production in the Nova Scotia Offshore: A Guidelines Approach to Operational Discharges

  • Mikis Manolis


This article examines and describes the regulatory framework governing the production of oil and gas in the Nova Scotia offshore. Specific attention is given to the ecological dangers posed by operational discharges into the marine environment by the oil and gas industry. The regulation of operational discharges under the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation Act and the role of guidelines in this regard is discussed. It is argued that the attempted use of guidelines by the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board to impose binding requirements on operators is beyond its statutory authority. The administrative problems associated with these "mandatory" guidelines are also discussed.