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Canada | Oil giant allowed to drill exploratory well in MPA; if production starts, MPA would be cut

Energy giant BP is standing by its decision to drill an exploratory well in a marine refuge off Newfoundland's east coast, while the federal natural resources minister says the bounds of the protected area could be redrawn if enough oil is discovered and the company wishes to start production.

On May 8, using the Stena IceMax drillship, BP began drilling within the Northeast Newfoundland Slope Closure, a marine refuge about 10 times the size of Prince Edward Island.

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