Arctic Pilot Project (northern component) : Report of the Environmental Assessment Panel = Projet Arctic Pilot (Partie nord) : Rapport de la Commission d'évaluation environnementale
Arctic Pilot Project Environmental Assessment Panel
[Ottawa : Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office], 1980.
125, 84 p. : ill., maps ; 28cm.
(Report of the Environmental Assessment Panel, 14)
ASTIS record 6150.
Languages: English, French and Inuktitut
The Arctic Pilot Project would involve the production and liquefaction of 6.4 million cubic metres (225 million cubic feet) of natural gas per day from the Drake Point field on Melville Island and its shipment to eastern Canadian markets in icebreaking tankers. The Environmental Assessment Panel has reviewed the northern component of the project which includes the facilities on Melville Island, and shipment of liquified natural gas by two icebreaking carriers through Parry Channel, and south through Baffin Bay and Davis Strait to the approaches to a southern Canadian terminal. ... The Environmental Assessment Panel has reviewed the northern component of the Arctic Pilot Project and has found the project to be environmentally acceptable subject to certain conditions. The Panel believes that it is essential that ships be routed to avoid environmentally sensitive areas in Parry Channel and that advantage be taken of the "pilot" nature of
this project to monitor and research the effects of year-round shipping in the Arctic. The Panel concludes that this can only be achieved through the formation of a control authority to monitor ship movements, and enforce good seamanship and appropriate environmental regulations. Without further research on marine mammals, guided by the advice of Inuit, and of government scientists, and without a monitoring and control mechanism for the selection of the shipping routes, the Panel is unable to recommend that the project is environmentally acceptable. ...
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