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Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool : High Arctic study area : final report   /   Nunami Stantec   Canada. Northern Oil and Gas [Sponsor]
Burnaby, B.C. : Nunami Stantec, 2010.
x, 82 p. : maps ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
References.
Project no.: 1231-10162.
Report date: December 2010.
Indexed a PDF file.
ASTIS record 73010.
Languages: English
Web: http://pubs.aina.ucalgary.ca/misc/73010.pdf

Executive Summary: The Northern Oil and Gas Branch (NOGB) of the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is responsible for oil and gas resource management in much of northern Canada. To assist in fulfilling its mandate, the NOGB has developed the Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool (PEMT). This tool is intended to be used in assisting decision making for exploration investments, for general awareness of sensitivity issues and for understanding INAC processes. Information on several Valued Ecosystem Components (VECs) and Socio-economic Components (VSECs) presented in the web based geographic sensitivity analyses tool for the High Arctic study area is presented. Also included is a preliminary analysis of the petroleum potential of the study area. The study area is located in the High Arctic Archipelago and contains both marine and terrestrial components. The boundaries of the study area are based on the NOGB leasing grids applied in the High Arctic, under which exploration and production licenses may be issued. The Sverdrup Basin (and Lancaster Sound) has the highest known oil and gas potential of the sedimentary basins of the Arctic Islands (Nunavut Planning Commission 2000) and it is expected that there is oil and gas potential on Melville Island and Bathurst Island (Sivummut Economic Development Strategy Group 2003). To date, no gas has been produced, and 321,470 m of oil has been produced from Bent Horn (Morrell, et al. 1995). The study area is located in the High Arctic Archipelago and contains both marine and terrestrial components. This report provides a summary of oil and gas activities and the history of exploration in the study area, and presents supporting information on the series of Valued Ecosystem Components (VECs) and Socio-economic Components (VSECs) presented in the web based geographic sensitivity analyses tool. In addition to a rationale behind the sensitivity ranking for each VEC or VSEC, information is presented on general life history, key habitat requirements, sustainability factors, susceptibility to oil and gas activities, mitigation and comments on the certainty associated with the available data. The sensitivity layers are applied to the Northern Oil and Gas Branch's Leasing Grids, facilitating the preliminary identification of areas of high or low sensitivity among several VECs/VSECs, and corresponding high and low values of petroleum potential in the study area. Four VECs and one VSEC were selected to represent the ecological and social components present in the study area. General life history, key habitat requirements, sustainability factors, susceptibility to oil and gas activities, mitigation and comments on the certainty associated with the available data (pertaining to the VECs and VSECs) are included. Oil and gas activities examined included exploration (seismic activities, exploration drilling), production (field development), transportation, and decommissioning and abandonment. The VECs and VSECs selected for the High Arctic study area are: Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Narwhal (Monodon monoceros), Migratory birds, Species of conservation concern, Traditional harvesting. For each VEC and VSEC, habitat within the High Arctic study area was assigned a sensitivity rating from 1-5, where the highest rating (5) identified areas that support a specific ecological function or process that is essential to the survival of the species or cultural resource. The lowest sensitivity ratings (1) include infrequently used areas and areas of relatively low value to the VECs and VSECs. Moderately-Low, Moderate, and Moderately High rankings indicate intermediate levels of sensitivity. Sensitivity layers accounted for variability in habitat usage and development activities in the open-water and ice covered seasons. This region contains two main petroleum basins which are partly superposed. The older and more regionally extensive Franklinian Basin of Lower Paleozoic age (Arctic Platform) is overlain in the central Arctic Islands by a deep south-west to northeast trending depocentre containing strata of Upper Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Tertiary age of the Sverdrup basin. The region saw extensive exploration from the late 1960s to mid 1980s. After early and unsuccessful drilling in the lower Paleozoic rocks of the Parry Islands Fold Belt along the southern margin of the region, exploration moved north across a major hinge line into the Sverdrup Basin. Success followed soon afterwards with the discovery of a major gas field at Drake Point in 1969, followed by a succession of 18 further discoveries. In 1974, an oil discovery was made at Bent Horn on Cameron Island. To date this is the only discovery in the Arctic Islands to have been placed on production (production ceased in 1996). The potential of the central part of the Sverdrup Basin is qualified as 'very high'. The geological environment here is very favorable and significant accumulations are known. The potential of the southern margin of the Sverdrup Basin and areas of the bordering Arctic Platform ranges from 'high' to 'moderate'. In the northern and northeastern Sverdrup the potential is generally low. In these areas, while some aspects of the geological environment may be favorable, few if any occurrences are known and there is a low probability that undiscovered deposits/accumulations are present. The relatively sparse exploration that has occurred across much of the region, including in those areas ranked as 'low' may indicate a lack of geological knowledge and uncertainty as to the petroleum potential. The utility of the PEMT depends on the availability and quality of spatial data for the VECs and VSECs. Currently available data for most VECs in this area is limited and/or dated. The current iteration of the PEMT is therefore a coarse instrument which provides general information and predictions on resource sensitivities. As additional information becomes available, it is important that the tool is updated to reflect the most recent knowledge on the biophysical or cultural components of interest. (Au)

Q, S, J, N, I, T, R, L, G, B
Animal distribution; Animal migration; Arctic char; Caribou; Climate change; Economic geology; Endangered species; Environmental impact assessment; Environmental impacts; Environmental protection; Geographic information systems; History; Hunting; Ice cover; Inuit; Land classification; Land use; Marine mammals; Marine transportation; Narwhals; Natural area preservation; Natural resource management; Offshore oil fields; Offshore oil well drilling; Offshore seismic surveys; Oil well drilling; Parks; Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool; Petroleum geology; Petroleum leases; Polar bears; Sea birds; Sea ice; Seasonal variations; Socio-economic effects; Subsistence; Wildlife habitat; Wildlife management

G0813, G0815, G0812, G03
Amund Ringnes Island, Nunavut; Arctic Ocean; Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut; Bathurst Island, Nunavut; Byam Channel, Nunavut; Byam Martin Island, Nunavut; Ellef Ringnes Island, Nunavut; Mackenzie King Island, N.W.T./Nunavut; Melville Island, N.W.T./Nunavut; Norwegian Bay, Nunavut; Parry Islands waters, N.W.T./Nunavut; Prince Patrick Island, N.W.T.; Queen Elizabeth Islands waters, N.W.T./Nunavut; Sachs Harbour, N.W.T.; Seymour Island, Nunavut; Sverdrup Islands waters, Nunavut


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