Meeting Summary - 24 January 2011
Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
24 January 2011
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Purpose: Introduce the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review to the students of Mangilaluk School
|Grades 9 to 12 students|
|Doug Esogak||Inuvaluit Game Council|
|Steve Baryluk||Joint Secretariat|
|Gaétan Caron||Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NEB|
|David Hamilton||Member, NEB|
|Brian Chambers||Northern Advisor, NEB|
|Bharat Dixit||Technical Leader, Conservation of Resources, NEB|
|Pamela Romanchuk||Environmental Specialist, NEB|
|Susan Gudgeon||Northern Coordinator, Arctic Offshore Drilling Review, NEB|
Introductory Remarks (NEB):
- An overview of the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review was provided, including the mandate of the NEB, a description of the Review, the events leading up to the Review and generally where drilling may occur in the Beaufort Sea.
- The students were asked "what do you want to see answered before the NEB looks at an application for offshore drilling?"
Dialogue with students:
In response to the question put forward to the students, a number of areas of interest and concern were raised, including:
- Emergency Response and Preparedness:
- Will there be extra boats to save the workers in case the ship sinks?
- As soon as you lose control, does the pipe break?
- If things mess up, does the money go to the people first and then to clean up?
- If the NEB shuts down a company, can you make them take all their stuff and not leave it behind?
- Poor earth
- It could happen up here when activity starts
- It should be up to communities if drilling can happen
- It would take months to stop a blowout
- Shores at Tuktoyaktuk will be the first to be impacted
- If there is drilling will there be money going to the people in the communities?
- Is it more dangerous to drill deeper?
- Will there be scuba divers to find out where the pipe is going?
- How can the NEB trust what companies are telling them?
- How can something on the drill pipe be fixed if it breaks?
- Do the people have any say and will they know if something happens?
- What if companies mess up?
- Can the NEB shut down the company if they aren't doing what they are supposed to?
- How many workers are on a drill ship?
- How much money would someone make working on the ship?
- All the drilling is just to make money
- Do companies think 100 years ahead - generations in the future will wonder if they did
- Will the empty containers already left behind be used or will new ones be used and then they are left behind too - they are an eyesore
- When companies are finished can they leave their stuff behind?
- Companies will come and take all the oil and gas and then people are left with nothing at the end
- What if they don't find any oil?
- Is the cost for the ships and everything from government money?
- Will companies come and meet with people first to see what people will get out of this?
- Can people get a certain percentage of the profit?
- What if the majority of people don't want drilling to happen?
- What is done with the money companies pay to be able to drill?
- If people agree to let them drill and then regret it, can it be stopped/renegotiated?
- Are the only jobs on the rigs?
- What if there is a benefits plan and the companies don't find oil?
- If lots of oil is found, lots of companies will want to drill
- Will companies clean up when they are done?
- Why here?
- Inspections and Monitors:
- Does the NEB provide and monitor safety training and monitors?
- Unique Arctic Environment:
- Vehicles can barely start in -40, how will the equipment work?
- Would it be harder to clean up when it is cold?
- Breaking up the ice for the ships will make the ice melt faster and this will affect the animals and fish and whales
- Value of Resources:
- A blowout will take the food source away
- Are companies going to worry about the animals?
- People rely on the animals and fish and birds - migration of snow geese from the Gulf will affect people in the Delta
- Polar bears eat fish and might get sick
- Are animals going to be safe?
- What about the drinking water?
- If the oil gets into or on the ice, seals have their babies there
- People eat the food from the land and will get sick
- The whole food chain will be affected
Concluding Remarks and Follow-up Matters:
- Specifics of where things have been left behind in the past to be sent to the NEB and the NEB will pass this on to industry
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