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Regulator overview on arctic energy development

September 26, 2013

The National Energy Board (NEB) oversees energy development in the Canadian arctic. NEB Board member Roland George provided some insights at a recent conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

In Canada’s North, the NEB has regulatory responsibilities for oil and gas exploration and production activities through the entire lifecycle of the well, from the application stage, through exploration and production activities, and even after the well is eventually abandoned. The Board focuses on safety, protecting the environment and conservation of oil and gas resources, while land tenure or rights issues, benefits plans, and royalty management is administered by federal departments (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Natural Resources Canada). 


The regulatory requirements for arctic offshore oil and gas exploration have been modernized in light of the tragic Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be interesting to see if Imperial Oil decides to explore in the Canadian Arctic, the first company to do so in a generation.