Workshop Meeting Summary - 27 January 2011
Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
Workshop Meeting Summary
27 January 2011
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sachs Harbour, NT
Purpose: Arctic Offshore Drilling Review workshop meeting with the Sachs Harbour Hunters & Trappers Committee and the Community Corporation Members
John Lucas Jr.
|Doug Esogak||Inuvialuit Game Council|
|Steve Baryluk||Joint Secretariat|
|Jimmy Kalinek||Inuvialuit Game Council|
|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, the events leading up to the Review and the various phases of the Review.
- The HTC and CC members were asked what can you tell what they would want to know from a company when they apply and what can you tell us about your community, land and environment that offshore drilling may affect?
Dialogue with HTC and CC members:
In response to the questions put forward, a number of areas of interest and concern were raised by HTC and CC members, including:
- Emergency Response and Preparedness:
- Before the spill there were sessions with Imperial and the last one was a debate on the relief well
- If the NEB approves a project, a relief well will take just as long - how could this happen?
- Is there a list of dispersants that are suitable for the Arctic as the Gulf is so different than the Arctic?
- Some dispersants may be less harmful than leaving the oil there
- Is there a process to be an intervenor?
- How large of an area did the Gulf spill cover?
- What kind of comfort will the NEB give to the Inuvialuit that companies will comply
- NEB holds the final say but can parliament tell the NEB what to do
- If an American company comes, does the NEB still have the final say
- Does the NEB have jurisdiction over international waters - hear talk about the fact that when the northwest passage opens it will be international waters
- What was the depth of the Greenland wells?
- If a decision was challenged, would the drilling continue?
- Does the NEB do the research about the difference between the surface and the sea floor if there is a spill?
- Drilling has been going on in Norway and Russia in ice - this would give some info
- A test was done in the '70's or '80's - Canmar days - and the reports must be somewhere
- How will the NEB deal with the world's demand for oil - how would that pressure be dealt with?
- Where does the 40 million dollars come from?
- If communities want the drilling and the NEB says what is being proposed can't happen at this time, the Inuvialuit people are out of money - who will compensate the Inuvialuit people?
- With the Gulf is there a time for the Report?
- Will the NEB wait until the Report on the BOP is out before proceeding?
- Unique Arctic Environment:
- The reason it would be 3 years to drill is because of ice but if the ice comes later companies will drill longer
- Ecosystem is so delicate, a slight change in ice conditions can affect the food supply
- Value of Resources:
- If there is a spill the weather is important as it rules the people of the north
- Does the NEB take into consideration that the ice and animals could be lost
- Being so isolated, people really rely on the animals for food
Concluding Remarks and Follow-up Matters:
- NEB encourages continued participation in the Review
- If there is a list of approved dispersants, it will be sent
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