A major roundtable on Arctic offshore oil and gas drilling began in Inuvik, N.W.T., on Monday.
The National Energy Board is in the final stretch of a year-long review of the safety and environmental requirements for possible Arctic offshore petroleum operations.
Over the last year, the NEB gathered information from scientists, the oil and gas industry, other regulators, environmental groups and northerners.
This week, it’s bringing together interested parties for five days of discussions about how offshore drilling could impact the Arctic. Groups ranging from the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization in Pond Inlet to the Canadian Labour Congress are slated to present their views. Representatives of oil giants Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Imperial Oil will also take the floor.