Chevron Corp announced that it has drilled Canada's deepest offshore well in the Orphan Basin off the coast of Newfoundland. The Lona 0‐ 55 well was drilled in water depth of 2.6 km. Chevron has a 50% interest in the well, along with partners Royal Dutch Shell with a 20% interest, and Exxon Mobil and Imperial Oil each with a 15% interest.
A Canadian Senate committee which conducted hearings on offshore drilling announced it sees no need to ban offshore drilling in Canada while Canadian regulators re‐evaluate the current regulatory regime, stating that the facts simply do not justify a ban on current operations. However, the committee also stated it would encourage offshore operators to spend more money on research and development of technologies for avoiding and responding to deepwater failures.