Chevron Canada Ltd. announced on April 13 it is voluntarily relinquishing 19 offshore oil and gas permits in an effort to remain committed to the Government of Canada’s international marine conservation targets.

The permits overlap federal marine-protected areas, covering an estimated 5,700 sq km offshore British Columbia within the Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area and the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area.

"Chevron is continually assessing its portfolio and has been in communication with Natural Resources Canada since 2020 on the opportunity to contribute to the Government of Canada's international marine conservation targets," said Christopher Mazerolle, president of Chevron Canada. "We have been safely and responsibly developing Canada's onshore and offshore oil and gas resources for 85 years, and remain committed to providing the affordable, ever-cleaner energy Canada needs."

Headquartered in Alberta, Chevron Canada develops Canadian energy resources and has interests in oil sands projects and shale gas acreage in Alberta, as well as E&P projects offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.