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Arctic Offshore Drilling Review
Workshop Meeting Summary
26 January 2011
2:10 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.
|Ulukhaktok HTC Office
Purpose: Arctic Offshore Drilling Review workshop meeting with the Ulukhaktok Hunters & Trappers Committee and the Community Corporation Members
Mary Jane Nigiyuk
|Inuvialuit Game Council
|Inuvialuit Game Council
|Chair and Chief Executive Officer, NEB
|Northern Advisor, NEB
|Technical Leader, Conservation of Resources, NEB
|Environmental Specialist, NEB
|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 us about your community, land and environment that offshore drilling may affect?
Dialogue with HTC and CC members:
In response to the question put forward, a number of areas of interest and concern were raised by HTC and CC members, including:
- Emergency Response and Preparedness:
- If an oil spill happens where will the boats and ice breakers come from around here
- Isn't it the blow out preventers that failed even though it was supposed to be fail proof?
- Isn't a relief well supposed to take less time than a well?
- If there was a spill and support vessels had to come to help they would likely be from Halifax and that would be expensive – will there be a fund set up for that – they might not even be able to come
- If there are funds for groups to come from communities to Inuvik, will that be the same for environmental groups?
- Don't want environmental groups coming to Inuvik to tell the people what to do
- Are there different types of wells?
- What changes will happen between when there was drilling in the '70's and '80's and now
- Imperial said that thier equipment is up-to-date but still something happened in the Gulf
- Will the oil from the Gulf come to the Beaufort someday?
- Saw the birds and fish dying in the Gulf – they couldn't protect the fish or anything
- Having meetings to be put together so everyone hear everything is good – youth could be invited as well
- It's scary that one mistake could compromise everything
- How close has drilling come to start again in the Gulf?
- Are there on-site inspections and how often are inspections done?
- Environment and wildlife monitors should have the same powers on ships to shut down activities
- Unique Arctic Environment and Currents:
- When meeting with Imperial the concern with the current was brought up
- If the current starts moving ice everyone knows you can't stay around
- Is there anywhere in the world where there was a spill under the ice and how was it cleaned up?
- People spoke out and told Imperial about changes in the weather and the boat wouldn't withstand all the ice and they said they knew everything and would build a boat that would be special
- The temperatures are a lot colder and maybe no one, even industry, has tested in the north and at that depth – how will they know the equipment will work?
- Tuktoyaktuk is far away but when seal tagging is done it shows they go all over just like the current
- Told Imperial that something will come up from the area where the drilling is because logs come up along the west coast
- Imperial was asked how long it would take for something to come by the current
- If oil was to spill or leak how would the temperature affect the oil – would it get thicker and sink?
- Saw how many years it took to clean up in Alaska and they even tried to use hot water – what could be done here when it is so cold?
- It takes so long for plants to recover in the Arctic but what about the water and shoreline – marine mammals feed close to the shorelines
- Value of Resources:
- It isn't just clean up that is an issue but compensation for loss of wildlife to buy food rather than getting food off the land
- No amount of compensation can pay for the wildlife – it would never come back
- Money can come and go but all the people have is the wildlife
Concluding Remarks and Follow-up Matters:
- NEB encourages continued participation in the Review
- Date modified: