Using Strategic Environmental Assessments to Guide Oil and Gas Exploration Decisions: Applying Lessons Learned from Atlantic Canada to the Beaufort Sea

(2013) 22 Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 103

14 Pages Posted: 5 Sep 2012 Last revised: 17 Apr 2013

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Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; World Maritime University (WMU); Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute

Nigel Bankes

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law; University of Tromso - Faculty of Law

Louie Porta

Government of Canada

Date Written: September 5, 2012

Abstract

Strategic Environmental Assessments have been used on the Atlantic Coast of Canada to inform oil and gas exploration decisions. Both the Newfoundland and Nova Scotia offshore petroleum boards have about a decade of experience with strategic environmental assessments. In the Beaufort Sea, there is no such process currently in place to guide decisions about oil and gas exploration. In the wake of the Deep Horizon spill in the US, this article considers the lessons learned from the Atlantic Canada experience, and makes recommendations for the design of an oil and gas strategic environmental assessment process for exploration in the Beaufort Sea.

Suggested Citation

Doelle, Meinhard and Bankes, Nigel and Porta, Louie, Using Strategic Environmental Assessments to Guide Oil and Gas Exploration Decisions: Applying Lessons Learned from Atlantic Canada to the Beaufort Sea (September 5, 2012). (2013) 22 Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 103. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2142001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2142001

Meinhard Doelle (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law ( email )

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World Maritime University (WMU) ( email )

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Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute ( email )

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Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
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Nigel Bankes

University of Calgary - Faculty of Law ( email )

Murray Fraser Hall
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Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Canada

University of Tromso - Faculty of Law ( email )

Tromsø, 9037
Norway

Louie Porta

Government of Canada ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G5
Canada

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