Hydrocarbon Impacts = Incidences des hydrocarbures

Key Publications

Report of the Environmental Assessment Panel : Lancaster Sound drilling = Rapport de la Commission d'évaluation environnementale : forage hauturier dans le détroit de Lancaster   /   Lancaster Sound Environmental Assessment Panel
Ottawa : Federal Environmental Assessment and Review Office, 1979.
127, 83 p. : ill., map ; 28 cm.
(Panel reports to the Minister of the Environment on panel projects, 7)
Appendices.
References.
ASTIS record 44244.
Languages: English, French and Inuktitut
Libraries: ACU

... In accordance with the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Process, the Panel has completed a review of the proposal by Norlands Petroleum Limited to explore for hydrocarbons in Lancaster Sound. We are pleased to submit the Panel report for your consideration. The physical characteristics of Lancaster Sound, in combination with logistical problems of this northern location, render the otherwise manageable problems of deep water offshore drilling exceedingly difficult at this time. The Sound is characterized by a short open water period and the presence of icebergs and icefloes can be expected at any time during the proposed drilling season. These concerns coupled with the internationally recognized biological uniqueness of the Sound lead the Panel to conclude that an ultra-conservative approach to drilling must be taken especially in view of the fact that this proposal represents the initial drilling venture in the area. The Panel has identified a number of shortcomings in the information presented as well as in the preparations proposed by the Proponent and has recommended that drilling be deferred until these deficiencies can be corrected. At the same time, the Panel concludes that a much broader review is required of the present and future uses of Lancaster Sound, in order to avoid committing Canada to a course of action prejudicial to the optimum conservation and utilization of all resources in the area. The questions of potentially conflicting resource uses must be identified, and thus the desire of the local residents to participate in the development of resource use strategies must be recognized. The Panel supports their participation and recommends that a comprehensive review be carried out as soon as possible of potential resource uses of the Lancaster Sound area. ... (Au)

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