Meeting Summary - 29 June 2011 - Office of the Premier, Legislative Assembly building , Iqaluit, Nunavut

Arctic Offshore Drilling Review

Meeting Summary Notes

Date and Location
Date Location
Wednesday
29 June 2011
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Office of the Premier,
Legislative Assembly building
Iqaluit, Nunavut

Purpose: Introduce the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review to the Premier of Nunavut

Participants
Participants
The Honourable Eva Aariak Premier of Nunavut
Mr. Joe Kunuk Principal Secretary to the Premier
Ms. Emily Woods Press Secretary, Office of the Premier
Gaétan Caron Chair, National Energy Board
David Hamilton Temporary Member, National Energy Board
Brian Chambers Northern Advisor, National Energy Board

NEB provided introductory remarks, which included a general overview of the scope and phases of the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review, the gathering and analysis of information, and the production of a report.

Follow the introductory comments, the Premier and her staff raised number of areas of interest and concern, including:

  • the importance of engaging the public, including youth and elders, in the Arctic Review
  • activities that occur on Nunavut lands and waters
  • drilling that is taking place offshore Greenland and how it is being regulated, given the proximity to Nunavut
  • offshore seismic activity that has occurred in the region, and future seismic programs that are planned for Nunavut
  • the role and respective jurisdictions of the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and the National Energy Board in reviewing proposed offshore seismic and drilling activities in and adjacent to Nunavut
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