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NOTES 2015 conference to focus on solutions to environmental challenges in Newfoundland & Labrador’s Oil and Gas Industry

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2015

St. John’s, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) has announced a series of presentations and speakers for its Oil Industry and the Environment Seminar (NOTES 2015).

Anchored by a keynote address from Preston Manning, President and CEO of the Manning Centre and founder of the Reform Part, NOTES 2015 is taking place April 27-28, 2015 in St. John’s, NL.

“The oil and gas industry is a major contributor to our province’s economy, and an area of significant opportunity for environmental sector growth,” says Ted Lomond, Executive Director of NEIA. Lomond says that businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador have a chance to contribute to the increased efficiency and sustainability of the industry.

“Our NOTES 2015 conference will provide an opportunity for persons involved in all aspects of the province’s oil and gas industry to share information, insights, and experience,” says Lomond. “The conference will showcase the innovative and effective solutions being applied in the region today and explore exciting research underway locally that has the potential to be practically applied.”

Lomond says it is important for local businesses to innovate and develop products and services that are applicable not just in our province’s waters, but worldwide. “Solutions applied in our region could be applicable to other offshore oil developments,” says Lomond. “One day the offshore oil industry will move on from Newfoundland and Labrador, so it is important our businesses make a lasting impact that allows them to exist beyond current local offshore activities.”

The conference is focusing on six main themes: environmental issues and their mitigation; operating in harsh environments; stakeholder management; the development and application of new technologies; and oil spill response. In addition, NOTES 2015 will feature two panel discussions evaluating the socio-economic impacts of offshore petroleum activity, and the future delivery of industry benefits as they pertain to the environment.

NOTES 2015 is a solutions-focused event with the intent to build capacity in the environmental sector of the economy. “Natural resource extraction will always present environmental challenges – challenges which can be met effectively by innovators and entrepreneurs,” says Lomond. “Our conference will support businesses here in Newfoundland and Labrador looking to provide those solutions.”

Visit the NOTES 2015 website at http://www.neia.org/notes2015 for details on confirmed speakers, registration information, and sponsorship opportunities.

NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 190 members. Learn more about NEIA at http://www.neia.org.

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Media Contact:
Kieran Hanley
709.237.8190
kieran@neia.org

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