The Bear Head LNG site at Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, was fully permitted by Canadian federal, provincial, and local agencies in 2004. This included a comprehensive environmental assessment and mitigation measures.
In 2014, Bear Head LNG Corp. began the process of modifying and updating these approvals to reflect the decision to develop the facility as a liquefaction and export facility rather than as an import terminal. At the same time applications were filed with the Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) and with the U.S. Department of Energy seeking authorization to export LNG produced from natural gas originating in either Canada or the U.S.
In August 2015, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) granted Bear Head LNG Corporation and Bear Head LNG (USA), LLC (Collectively, Bear Head LNG) authorization to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Bear Head LNG's project site on the Strait of Canso in Nova Scotia. The NEB Licensing decision approved Bear Head LNG’s application for authority to export up to 8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG from Canada starting in 2019 with expanded authority to increase production to 12 mtpa in 2024. The export licence extends for a period of 25 years from the date of first LNG export.