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Review of Offshore Drilling in the Canadian Arctic

Review of Offshore Drilling in the Canadian Arctic

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Review of Offshore Drilling in Canadian Arctic
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National EnergyBoardOffice nationalde l’énergie 
The past is always present
Revew of offshoRe DRllg  the
CaaDa aRCtC
Preparing for the future
December 2011
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Table of Contents
Why review Arctic offshore drilling? 1How did we gather information about offshore drilling? 5
What did we hear at the community meetings? 9What did we hear at the Arctic Review Roundtable? 11
What does the National Energy Board regulate in the Canadian Arctic? 15
How are oil and gas resources managed in the North? 16What is the National Energy Board’s role in reviewing applications for offshore drilling? 18How do we conduct a technical review of an application for offshore drilling inCanada’s Arctic? 19
What have we learned? 23
What have we learned from the
Ocean Ranger 
? 24What have we learned from the
Piper Alpha
25What have we learned from the crash of Cougar Helicopter Flight 491? 26What have we learned from the Montara blowout? 27What have we learned from the
Deepwater Horizon 
? 29What have we learned from other regulators? 30How do management systems contribute to a safety culture? 30How can a regulator drive development of a safety culture? 32
How can drilling be done safely while protecting the environment? 33
How will the National Energy Board be ready for applications to drill in the CanadianArctic offshore? 35How do we know that drilling equipment will be safe? 35How will the National Energy Board make sure offshore drilling projects are safe? 36What tools are used to control a well? 37What is the National Energy Board‘s policy regarding same season relief wells? 40What level of risk is acceptable? 42
How should we respond when things go wrong? 45
How are companies held responsible for emergencies or spills? 46How will information be made public? 46How will companies be held nancially accountable in the event of a spill? 47How does an operator respond to an oil spill? 48How well will spill countermeasures work in the Arctic? 49What infrastructure is required to respond to a spill? 50
The journey continues 53
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