Meeting Summary - 31 May 2011 - Inukshuk High School, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Arctic Offshore Drilling Review

Information Meeting Summary

Date and Location
Date Location
Tuesday
31 May 2011
8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
Inukshuk High School
Iqaluit, Nunavut

Purpose: Phase 2 Information Meeting

Participants
Participants
Students and teachers  
Brian Chambers Northern Advisor, NEB
Bharat Dixit Technical Leader, Exploration and Production, NEB
Pamela Romanchuk Environmental Specialist, NEB
Susan Gudgeon Northern Coordinator, NEB

Presentation (NEB):

National Energy Board staff gave an overview of the mandate of the National Energy Board, how drilling happens and what impacts can occur. The following question was posed to students:

  • What would you want the National Energy Board to look at when considering applications from companies who want to drill in the offshore?

Questions and Comments (students and teachers):

The following questions and comments were posed:

  • Need to make sure a spill doesn't happen.
  • Proper weather testing for equipment has to be done.
  • Equipment needs to be able to deal with ice.
  • Need to protect animals/fish (seals, whales and walruses).
  • Would offshore drilling help our economy?
  • It was warm in the Gulf, how would that be different in the north?
  • Animals in the sea are a source of food and that might be affected if there is drilling?
  • How would oil be stored - can't store oil easily and this is a remote area.
  • With long winters, would drilling still happen in the winter?
  • How long would the effects last if there were a spill?
  • There should be a consideration of how little equipment there is here to respond.
  • Cleaning up a spill would have to be done over a number of years and then how could the oil ever be cleaned up?
  • How much experience is there in Arctic offshore drilling?
  • How much would it cost to set up rigs and if the companies are only using them for two months, is it worth it?
  • Would setting up the rig be more expensive than what they would get out of it?
  • If there hasn't been drilling since 1989, what has happened to the technology? Is it better now?

Concluding remarks:

The National Energy Board is continuing to gather information and will be holding a roundtable meeting in September. Further information will be given at the public information meetings to be held in the afternoon and evening.

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