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Petroleum and Environmental Management Tool : High Arctic study area : 2011 update   /   Nunami Stantec   Canada. Northern Oil and Gas [Sponsor]
x, 95 p. : maps ; 28 cm.
Cover title.
Project no.: 1231-10432.
Report date: August 2011.
Indexed a PDF file.
ASTIS record 74858.
Languages: English

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). 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 VECs and VSECs presented in the PEMT. 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 NOGB'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 are 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 VSEC) are included. Oil and gas activities examined include exploration (seismic activities, exploration drilling), production (field development), transportation, and decommissioning and abandonment. The VECs and VSEC 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 VSEC. Moderate-Low, Moderate, and Moderate-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 superimposed. The older and more regionally extensive Franklinian Basin of Lower Paleozoic age (Arctic Platform) is overlain in the central Arctic Islands by a deep southwest to northeast trending depocentre containing strata of Upper Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Tertiary age of the Sverdrup basin. ... This report was initially submitted in 2010. This 2011 Update Report includes updates to the geographical extent of the High Arctic Study Area (extended west to the 2000 m bathymetric contour), and associated extension and revision of VC and VSEC senstivity ratings in the larger Study Area. Information on petroleum potential in the expanded study area is currently unavailable, therefore the analysis and figures remain unchanged. (Au)

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Animal distribution; Animal migration; Arctic char; Bowhead whales; Caribou; Climate change; Economic geology; Endangered species; Environmental impact assessment; Environmental impacts; Environmental protection; Geographic information systems; History; Hunting; Ice cover; Inuit; Ivory Gulls; 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; Red Knots; Risk assessment; Ross' Gulls; Sea birds; Sea ice; Seasonal variations; Ships; Socio-economic effects; Subsistence; Walruses; Wildlife habitat; Wildlife management

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Amund Ringnes Island, Nunavut; Amundsen Gulf, N.W.T.; Arctic Ocean; Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut; Baffin Bay-Davis Strait; Banks Island, N.W.T.; Bathurst Island, Nunavut; Byam Channel, Nunavut; Byam Martin Island, Nunavut; Canadian Arctic Islands; Canadian Arctic Islands waters; Ellef Ringnes Island, Nunavut; Ellesmere Island, Nunavut; Grise Fiord (Settlement), Nunavut; King Christian Island, Nunavut; Lancaster Sound, 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; Queen Elizabeth Islands, N.W.T./Nunavut; Queens Channel, Nunavut; Resolute, Nunavut; Sachs Harbour, N.W.T.; Seymour Island, Nunavut; Sverdrup Islands waters, Nunavut; Sverdrup Islands, Nunavut; Ulukhaktok, N.W.T.

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