Open House Summary Notes - 20 January 2011
Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
Open House Summary Notes
20 January 2011
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Purpose: Introduce the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review to the residents of Inuvik
|Residents of Inuvik
|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 and the events leading up to the Review.
- The question was posed asking "what do you want to see answered before the NEB looks at an application for offshore drilling?"
Dialogue with residents of Inuvik:
In response to the question put forward to the residents of Inuvik, a number of areas of interest and concern were raised, including:
- Emergency Response and Preparedness:
- Is a blow out preventer mandatory - do the Drilling and Production Regulations say that?
- How will people get trained to respond?
- How will people get to a blow out in the Beaufort?
- How do people know their questions will be answered?
- How long is Phase 1?
- Will we be able to see the Report?
- Has the technology of a drill ship been used before?
- What are the benefits to local people?
- If the benefits are not there, why risk drilling?
- Do companies know what they are talking about? Should look to traditional knowledge when it comes to deep water
- How does a company make a case when applying to drill?
- What does an exploration licence mean and how much time do companies have under the licences - do exploration licences expire after a certain number of years?
- What amounts have been spent and loal people hired in the last 5 years for seismic work?
- Will there be any jobs for local people if offshore work goes ahead?
- Whose responsibility is it to look at other ships/storage coming into the area?
- Once things leave NEB jurisdiction others may not know of and consider concerns
- How do we know contractors will also follow requirements
- What is the level/threshold for cumulative effects - where do you draw the line - there could be 50 applications
- What learnings will be taken from the Gulf (how many kicks before shutting down)?
- Will there be specific seasons when drilling can happen?
- NEB has to be involved to give recommendations some teeth
- If there is an accident, how does compensation work - entire livelihood could be wiped out?
- Inspections and Monitors:
- Environmental and wildlife monitors may be afraid to speak out - may get fired if they do
- Will NEB be on site 24/7?
- Recommendations have to have some backbone (wildlife monitors being comfortable to speak up/shut down operations)
- Unique Arctic Environment and Currents:
- How can the recovery take place in the different temperatures - it is different here than in the Gulf
- Has any testing been done on oil under the ice in the Arctic? How far offshore has testing been done?
- What extent should drilling be restricted because of ice?
- Value of Resources:
- Need to protect the animals and the land
- One accident could wipe out the beluga for one generation or more
Concluding Remarks and Follow-up Matters:
- NEB is available to assist residents of Inuvik with the process to prepare for Phase 2 of the Review and be comfortable to come to the table
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