Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines

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    Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines: Environmental Impact Assessments
    As a part of the Oil and Gas Guidelines (2009), Arctic States were asked to submit Environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedures to determine the potential impacts of offshore oil and gas exploration, development, transportation and infrastructure on the environment and human communities so as to inform decision-making. Arctic countries use a variety of methods and approaches. Assessments may have a broad scope or be project specific. The responsibility for conducting the EIA or preliminary impact assessments (PEIA) varies from country to country.
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    Circumpolar Marine Workshop
    The Arctic ecosystem is shared by the Arctic countries and by the international community. It is important to engage the key players and gain their co-operation if a unified approach to conservation, protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment and its resources is to be achieved. To that end, representatives of the Arctic countries and international organisations met at a Circumpolar Marine Workshop (CMW) from Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, 1999 in Montreal, Canada to begin a dialogue on their shared marine environment. The goals of the Workshop were to develop practical measures to protect the Arctic marine environment and conserve its biodiversity and to facilitate collaboration among Arctic countries, indigenous peoples and other stakeholders. The objectives were to develop common tools and mechanisms for circumpolar marine management, to discuss barriers and opportunities for marine conservation and an integrated approach to marine management, to identify gaps in the knowledge base and determine ways to address these, to integrate traditional with western scientific knowledge and to develop mechanisms to engage local and indigenous peoples in marine management.
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    RUNARC Project: Safety and Environmental Regime for Russian Offshore Oil and Gas Operations: Feasibility Study
    The RUNARC project was started in February 1997 and produced a Feasibility Study in 1998 whose goal was to analyze, incorporate and make additions to the existing legislative, normative-juridical acts, normative-technical documents, and help to introduce into practice the modern forms of oil- and gas-producing operations on the shelf, and to determine the probability of success of development and implementation of the safety and environmental protection regime that would satisfy the needs of Russia, taking into account international standards, including technical regulations and standards of USA and Norway, as well as acceptance of actions for obtaining the consent of the Russian Government to implement recommendations of the project.
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    Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS) Workshop Report
    Note: Presentations from the workshop are available below the report to the left. The Safety Culture Workshop was convened as a result of the discussions and conclusions of the Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems (HSEMS) Workshop conducted June 10-12, 2012. The purpose of the workshop was to inform the PAME HSEMS Project on “safety culture” in the Arctic offshore oil and gas industry, which was identified as a fundamental issue for safe and environmentally sound operations at the HSEMS workshop. The one-day workshop consisted of a group of invited experts and stakeholders and presentations from various industries and government bodies who provided information on the subject of “safety culture” as it applies to the prevention of systems/process failure accidents and pollution incidents. Questions to aid discussions on Safety culture included: - What can we learn in the Arctic from the Deepwater Horizon and other offshore drilling accidents? - What can we learn in the Arctic oil and gas industry and regulatory community from other industries and activities such as Naval, Aviation and Nuclear? - What is the advice regarding Arctic offshore operations that can be given to regulators and policy makers?
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    Status of Offshore Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic
    (Arctic Council Secretariat, 2021-05) Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME)