Meeting Summary - 28 January 2011
Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
28 January 2011
9:03 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Inuvialuit Development Corporation Building
Purpose: Introduce the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review to the Inuvialuit Environmental Impact Review Screening Committee (EISC)
|John Ryder||Vice-Chair, Canada - Yukon Member (on Phone)|
|Johnny Lennie||Canada Member|
|Albert Ruben||Canada - Northwest Territories Member|
|Eric Cockney||Inuvialuit Member|
|Patrick Gruben||Inuvialuit Member|
|Gaétan Caron||Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NEB|
|David Hamilton||Member, NEB|
|Bharat Dixit||Technical Leader Leader, Conservation of Resources, NEB|
|Pamela Romanchuk||Environmental Specialist, NEB|
- An overview of the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review was provided, including the mandate of the NEB, the events leading up to the Review and the various phases of the Review.
- The EISC was asked "what questions do you need answers to prior to the NEB considering an application for offshore drilling?"
Dialogue with EISC members:
In response to the question put forward, a number of areas of interest and concern were raised by EISC members, including:
- Community Meetings:
- Could the NEB alleviate community fears regarding possible oil spill
- NEB having joint meetings with the Hunters and Trappers Committees and with the Community Corporations people at the same time in each community is a good thing as it is a unifying influence instead of a 'divide-and-conquer' approach used by others at previous community meetings.
- The EISC indicated the processes in the ISR divides people because of the perspective of different interest groups. There is no means to have a common discussion in the IFA.
- Monitoring and follow-up is critical
- Some concern was expressed that Marine Mammal Observers (MMO) could be fired if they reported violations
- NEB as a visible face of the regulator for oil and gas activities is important
- Stressed importance of infrastructure in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta to deal with a potential of an oil spill from an offshore oil and gas program
- Good that people have names and faces. Provides a level of comfort. Keep the lines of communication open.
- Discussion around cumulative effects and where to draw the line.
- People world-wide are watching what is being considered for the Beaufort Sea
- Parties thanked each other for making the time to share information on the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review.
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