Canadian Beaufort Sea Environmental Panel Begins Public Hearings

The first of a series of Community Hearings by the seven member Beaufort Sea Environmental Assessment Panel charge with reviewing the environmental and social effects of production and transportation of hydrocarbons from the Canadian Beaufort Sea was held in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories September 14, 1983. The Panel is visiting twenty communities in the Canadian Arctic, from Nain in Labrador to Old Crow in the Yukon Territory, over the next two months to solicit community views of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) filed with the Panel by Dome Petroleum Ltd., Gulf Canada Resources Inc. and Esso Resources Canada Ltd. on behalf of the oil and gas exploration industry in the Beaufort Sea.

The Community meetings will be followed by a series of General Sessions to be held in:

RESOLUTE BAY, N.W.T.– Oct. 15 to Oct. 20

INUVIK, N.W.T. — Nov. 9 to Nov. 25

WHITEHORSE, Y.T. — Dec. 1 to Dec. 3

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. — Dec. 5 to Dec. 9

CALGARY, Alberta — Dec. 12

OTTAWA, Ontario — Dec. 14 to Dec. 16

Information concerning the procedures and the agenda for the General Sessions is available from:

D.W. Marshall, Executive Secretary, Beaufort Sea Environmental Assessment Panel, 700-789 West Pender Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6C 1H2.

At the conclusion of the hearings phase of the Panel’s review, the Panel will commence writing its report to be submitted to the Canadian Minister of the Environment in the Spring of 1984.

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