Meeting Summary - 31 May 2011 - Inukshuk High School, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
Information Meeting Summary
31 May 2011
8:15 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
|Inukshuk High School
Purpose: Phase 2 Information Meeting
|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|
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?
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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