Oil and gas approvals in the Beaufort Sea : a guide to regulatory approval processes for oil and natural gas exploration and production on Canada's frontier lands in the Beaufort Sea
Erlandson & Associates
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)
Report date: June 2002.
ASTIS record 51062.
The objective of this Guide is to outline the regulatory framework for authorizing offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities on Canada's Frontier Lands in the Beaufort Sea. This Guide is intended to be descriptive only: the legislation and regulations remain the final authorities. The Guide deals with authorization processes for upstream oil and gas activities (i.e. exploration, development, production and decommissioning) including the transportation of natural gas to the onshore. Once an activity is approved, the Operator must comply with not only the terms of the authorizations, but also with post-licencing regulation. These latter requirements are not covered in this Guide. [This Guide] ... complements "A Guide to Regulatory Approval Processes for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region," published in June 2001. The earlier, ... ISR Guide, focuses on processes for
authorization of activities in the onshore lands of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). While the ISR Guide describes in brief the authorities for work in the offshore, the Beaufort Offshore Guide is intended to describe authorities and processes in specific terms for the marine areas of the ISR. The offshore area under consideration here extends from the international boundary between Canada and the United States eastward to the boundary of the ISR, as defined in the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). The ISR encompasses both marine and terrestrial regions within its boundaries, as shown on Map 1, and as a result the terms of the IFA extend throughout the ISR. The application of the IFA differs in certain respects between the onshore and offshore however. This is discussed further in Chapter III. The application of the IFA to the onshore is also relevant to the planning of offshore activities because supply, support, or delivery facilities
may have to be based on adjacent or "contiguous lands." Chapter IV sets out the authorities for activities on contiguous lands, but the detail on the processes for obtaining onshore authorizations is provided in the ISR Guide, and is not repeated in this document. Please refer to the ISR Guide for information on processes on contiguous lands, and on the IFA more generally.