Archived public documents

Below are archived public documents that were posted to our website for hearings held about major applications in the North and offshore or large reviews. They are available so that anyone, the public or those involved in the hearing at the time, can view them. Having them publicly available helped those involved in the review respond and assisted those tasked with making decisions.

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Arctic offshore drilling review

In response to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the NEB initiated a review of the safety and environmental requirements for offshore drilling in Canada's unique Arctic environment.

Through the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review, the NEB examined the best information available on the hazards, risks and safety measures associated with offshore drilling in the Canadian Arctic. The Board invited those with an interest in these topics, including Northern residents, scientists, other regulators, representatives of environmental non-government organizations and industry, to share their information and knowledge.

At the end of the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review, the Board prepared a report on safety and environmental protection requirements for offshore drilling in the Canadian Arctic. The NEB will use the results of the review to inform its decisions on future applications for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

In 2010, the National Energy Board (now the CER) initiated a review into drilling in the arctic offshore and whether major incidents, such as the Deep Water Horizon accident, could also happen here. The review was called the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review. Later, in 2016, Canadian Arctic waters were designated as off limits to future oil and gas licensing.

Filing requirements specific to offshore drilling in the Canadian Arctic were also put in place as a result of the review. Find out more about the review and what we expect for companies drilling offshore.

View other documents related to the arctic offshore drilling review, such as expert reports and letters of comments, in our online database REGDOCS

Inuvik rountable
Meeting summaries
Background information or historical references

Background

Historical References

Process updates
  • 2011-04-14
    NEB releases a process update for including dates and locations for Information Meeting and Inuvik Roundtable Meeting [Filing A28810]
  • 2011-02-28
    National Energy Board releases process updates and list of contracted studies for the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review [Filing A28359]
  • 2010-11-23
    National Energy Board Call for Information – Requests for Extension [Filing A27392]
    • National Energy Board Releases Second Call for Information for the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review [Filing A27391]
  • 2010-10-27
    Process Update for Phases 1 and 2 [Filing A27013]
  • 2010-09-30
    National Energy Board releases first Call for Information for the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review [Filing A26558]
Other reviews, inquiries, or investigations

Other offshore drilling reviews

Montara Inquiry

Macondo/Deepwater Horizon Investigation

Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board Cougar Helicopter Crash Inquiry

Exploration drilling

These are some of the past major applications we’ve seen for exploration drilling in the North and offshore.

NEB sponsored studies
  • 2011-07-19
    Expert Report prepared by SL Ross Environmental Research Limited – Spill Response Gap Study for the Canadian Beaufort Sea and the Canadian Beaufort Sea and Davis Strait [Filing A30372]
  • 2011-07-06
    Expert Report – Major Hazard Incidents Prepared by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) [Filing A30021]
ConocoPhillips (Tulita Area, Northwest Territories)

The application from ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. was authorized and work completed. The area is now under jurisdiction of the Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations in the Northwest Territories

Same Season Relief Well Technical Proceeding

The other two are submissions for the Same Season Relief Well Technical Proceeding. We ended that proceeding in May 2010 shortly after a serious incident in the Gulf of Mexico. We instead launched a review of offshore drilling in the Arctic, called the Arctic Offshore Drilling Review.

Last marine seismic authorization: 2011 Northeastern Canada 2D Marine Seismic

This particular project originally triggered an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act in 2011. However, it did not trigger an environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 (CEAA 2012). Therefore, information on environmental aspects would not have continued to be added to the CEAA Public Registry. However, we still wanted the information available publicly. Decisions made regarding the project were also later challenged in court and heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Below are lists of documents related to the review of the application and are also available publicly. The National Energy Board (now the Canadian Energy Regulator) is bound by the Official Languages Act and relevant Treasury Board policies. However, some material originates with organizations not subject to the Official Languages Act and is made available on this site in the language in which it was written.

Frequently asked questions
National Energy Board
Transcripts
TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA, Petroleum GeoServices and Multi Klient Invest AS (TGS/PGS Multi Klient)
Letters of Comment

Additional information

Christy Wickenheiser
Environmental Specialist

Canada Energy Regulator
Email: christy.wickenheiser@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-299-3869
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265
Facsimile: 403-292-5503
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