The Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) conducts environmental impact reviews for proposed developments in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region that have the potential for significant adverse environmental effects.

The EIRB decides whether a project should proceed and, if so, under what specific terms and conditions. In making its decision, the EIRB considers the need for wildlife compensation, mitigation, and remedial measures.

Co-Management

The Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) is an integral part of a Co-management System established pursuant to the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. The Co-management System in the Western Arctic and Yukon North Slope is composed of five Co-Management Boards:

News

S.L. Ross to provide the Environmental Impact Review Board with oil spill response information session

Summary: The Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) plans to engage an independent expert service provider, S.L. Ross (http://www.slross.com/), a company recognized as a world expert in oil spill response that provides advice to industry, government departments, and regulatory agencies, to deliver an oil spill response information session for the EIRB. The EIRB is of the view that the use of S.L Ross, as a service provider to deliver this session, does not raise any apprehension of bias, but wishes to give interested parties an opportunity to comment if they have any concerns. The comment period will close at 12 noon MDT on Thursday, 6 August 2015. Background: Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited (the Developer), on behalf of itself and its joint venture partners[1], is proposing to drill one or more wells within Exploration Licence (EL) 476 or 477 located in the Beaufort Sea in the offshore of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). These ELs are in water depths that range from 60 m to 1500 m, and lie about 175 km north-northwest of Tuktoyaktuk. The Developer planned to drill these proposed well(s) in water depths of 80 to 850 m during the open water season starting in 2020 but has recently informed the EIRB that there will be a delay in the regulatory filing pending a decision on the tenure of its ELs. (see registry reference [09/13 01] 0135) The Developer submitted a Project Description for the Beaufort Sea Exploration Joint Venture Drilling Program to the Environmental Impact Screening Committee (EISC) in September 2013. The EISC determined that the proposed development could have significant negative environmental impacts and referred... +

EIRB to meet with US Regulators

The Environmental Impact Review Board will meet with United States Regulatory Agencies in Anchorage, Alaska on June 3 and 4, 2015. The principal objective of this meeting is to initiate, establish, and sustain an effective approach and process with United States offshore oil and gas regulatory agencies with the intent of exchanging information on each party’s thinking, experiences, and approaches for safe drilling operations while protecting the environment and responding effectively when things go wrong. This would include the lessons learned for offshore activities in the recent past, regulatory processes and tools as well as proposed changes, and other associated issues as they relate to offshore exploration in the Beaufort and Chukchi... +

Revised Rules of Procedure released

The Environmental Impact Review Board has revised its Rules of Procedure. The Rules of Procedures are intended to meet the objectives of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement by establishing a procedural framework that ensures that Environmental Impact Reviews meet the requirements of procedural fairness. The document can be found on the ‘Guidance Documents’ page on the Review Board’s... +

Registry Updates

IORVL Beaufort Sea Exploration Joint Venture Drilling Program

Imperial Oil Resources Ventures Limited (IORVL), on behalf of the Beaufort Sea Exploration Joint Venture, proposes a program and associated support activities that would involve drilling one or more wells within Exploration Licence (EL) 476 or 477 located in the Beaufort Sea in the offshore of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). These ELs are in water depths that range from 60 m to 1500 m, and lie about 175 km north-northwest of Tuktoyaktuk. These wells would be drilled in water depths of 80 to 850 m. +

WesternGeco Mackenzie Delta River 2D Seismic Program 2002

Following a referral from the Environmental Impact Screening Committee (EISC) on June 18, 2002, the Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) initiated a public review of a Development entitled "WesternGeco Mackenzie Delta River 2D Seismic Program 2002." +