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Arctic Offshore Drilling Review

Information Meeting Summary

Date and Location
Date Location
Monday 11 July 2011 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Hamlet Office
Aklavik, NT

Purpose: Phase 2 Information Meeting

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 a presentation providing an overview of:

  • the Board's role in the North
  • the scope of the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
  • what has occurred to date including stakeholder meetings and information filed
  • where the Review is now at
  • what is coming up
  • funding

Questions and Comments:

The following questions and comments were posed:

  • Companies don't have the clean up equipment but have contractors on site. In the past had to find a key as the equipment was locked up. Contractors said they had to lock the equipment up as they were missing tools. Had to cut open the lock where the tools were because couldn't get in. This was brought up to the company.
  • The accident/spill ratio for deep wells is not good. This needs to be better to prove that drilling can be done in this environment.
  • May take two ships on site to drill a relief well.
  • Is the NEB looking at the offshore in Greenland?
  • Will the ship used in Greenland be brought up to the Beaufort?
  • During the Explorer 3 there was a lot of ice. There is not as much ice these days because of climate change.
  • Two years after a guy was killed on the rig [Kulluk], a bigger gauge was used. The small gauge was hard to see and this was what happened and the guy was killed.
  • There was an incident in town and a whole bunch of stuff was burnt in a plant because of a wrong voltage. This is still not fixed. What would happen in the middle of the ocean when we can't even get parts here to fix something?
  • The BOP was supposed to be state of the art but it still failed. How would the rubber react to cold weather?
  • The ocean floor is not stable. How can things be kept in place?
  • Industry needs to be honest.

Concluding remarks:

  • NEB staff are available to assist in completing registration forms for the Roundtable as well as funding applications.
  • Copies of DVDs containing the information on the NEB Arctic Offshore Drilling Review website are available.
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