Oil and gas approvals in the Northwest Territories - Gwich'in Settlement Area : a guide to regulatory approval processes for oil and natural gas exploration and production on Gwich'in lands and Crown lands in the Gwich'in Settlement Area of the Northwest Territories
Erlandson & Associates
Alvarez, Sloan & Associates
Northern Oil and Gas Directorate (Canada)
Canada. Dept. of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
[Victoria, B.C. : Erlandson & Assoc., 2002].
1 v. (various pagings) : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
(Regulatory Roadmaps Project)
ASTIS record 51060.
This guide provides a description of the regulatory processes used to assess and approve applications for oil and gas exploration and development in the Gwich'in Settlement Area (GSA) of the Northwest Territories (NWT). ... This Guide deals strictly with authorization processes. Once a development is approved, the Operator must comply with both the terms and conditions of the authorizations and post-licencing regulations. These latter requirements are not covered by this Guide. ... This Guide has four main parts: Part 1: Introduction to the Gwich'in Settlement Area; Part 2: Authorizations by Stage of Activity; Part 3: Environmental Impact Assessment Process; Part 4: Regulatory Agencies and Processes. ... Part 1 provides an overview of the legal and policy context in the Gwich'in Settlement Area, including regulatory and review bodies and their roles, and introduces the Reader to: the Gwich'in Settlement Area (GSA); the Gwich'in
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA), which takes precedence within the GSA; the ownership of surface lands and subsurface resources in the GSA; the Gwich'in institutions established pursuant to the GCLCA and their role in decision-making associated with oil and gas exploration and development; and the institutions of public government under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA) and their respective roles and responsibilities. Companies wishing to work in the GSA must understand both the importance of the GCLCA to Gwich'in residents and the necessity of consulting closely with the Gwich'in regarding their rights and interests, before any work will be authorized. ... Part 2 contains the first six numbered chapters of the Guide which describe the steps in the overall authorization process, set out by stage of oil and gas industry activity. Chapters 1 through 6 are organized to reflect the progressive sequence of activities
from early exploration to production and transmission of oil and natural gas. Each Chapter consists of a flowchart, accompanied by a step by stepwritten explanation of the procedures for reviewing and approving applications. Chapter 1: Rights to Explore and Test (Exploration Licence); Chapter 2: Geological/Geophysical Program or Drilling Operations; Chapter 3: Rights to the Resource (Significant and Commercial Discoveries, Commercial Discovery Declaration, Production Licence); Chapter 4: Approval of a Development Plan; Chapter 5: Oil and Gas Production; Chapter 6: Transboundary Pipeline Approvals. ... Part 3 describes the mandate and processes in the GSA for preliminary screening of applications and any subsequent environmental assessment and environmental impact review. Within the Mackenzie Valley, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act is replaced by the environmental impact assessment process laid out in the Mackenzie Valley Resource
Management Act, and administered by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB). Chapter 7: Preliminary Screening; Chapter 8: Environmental Assessment; Chapter 9: Environmental Impact Review. Part 4 - Regulatory Agencies and Processes ... describes each of the main governmental bodies involved in the assessment and regulation of oil and gas activity in the GSA. ... Each chapter describes the role of the government body in assessment and sets out the authorization process in the form of a chart, accompanied by annotated headings. ... Chapter 10: GLWB Land Use Permits Under the MVRMA; Chapter 11: GLWB Water Licences Under the NWT Waters Act; Chapter 12: NEB Authorizations Under COGOA; Chapter 13: DFO Authorizations Under the Fisheries Act and NWPA; Chapter 14: DIAND Requirements for Benefits Plans Under COGOA; Chapter 15: Environment Canada Authorizations; Chapter 16: Role of the Government of NWT.