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

Arctic Offshore Drilling Review

Information Meeting Summary

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

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

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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