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Canada holds Nunavut consultations on offshore oil and gas drilling – Nunatsiaq News

February 03, 2014

In the wake of one major oil company dropping its plans to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska in 2014, the Canadian government is holding public consultation meetings around Baffin Island on potential oil and gas exploration in Nunavut’s waters.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is holding public meetings in 10 Baffin Island communities.

At the meetings, they want you to “hear our plans and timelines for strategic environmental assessment for potential oil and gas exploration in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait,” a Qikiqtani Inuit Association press release said.

The Government of Nunavut and QIA is joining AAND on the 18-day tour.

The schedule for those dates is as follows:

  • Pond Inlet: Feb. 3;
  • Clyde River: Feb. 4-5;
  • Cape Dorset: Feb. 5-6;
  • Pangnirtung: Feb. 7;
  • Qikiqtarjuaq: Feb. 10-11;
  • Iqaluit: Feb. 11;
  • Resolute: Feb. 12 and 15;
  • Grise Fiord: Feb. 13-15;
  • Arctic Bay: Feb. 16-18; and
  • Kimmirut: Feb. 19-20.

Right now, no companies are drilling for oil and gas off Nunavut waters.

On Jan. 30, Royal Dutch Shell said it has dropped its plans to drill in Alaska in 2014.

Read more: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674canada_holds_nunavut_consultations_on_offshore_oil_and_gas_drilling/

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