Sector-Based SEA and CEA (Part 2)
Oil and Gas Developments (Part 1)
Cumulative Effects Assessment and the 2010 Olympics
Presenter(s): Dan Kellar
The 2010 Winter Olympics are being held in the Vancouver-Whistler Corridor. Twenty projects are directly linked to the Olympics and most of these projects had an EIA undertaken to assess their impacts, yet these projects were all assessed in isolation from one another. This paper will discuss the failures of the Canadian EIA process in dealing with the cumulative effects of multi-site development projects and the weaknesses in assessing cumulative environmental effects at individual project sites.
Cumulative Effects Assessments in Alberta’s Oil Sands Region: Challenges and Opportunities
Presenter(s): Robin Cockell, Steven Strawson, Trevor Cuthbert
The current pace of development in Alberta’s Oil Sands Region has made CEAs the focus of a global audience. While these CEAs are subject to more scrutiny, they are likely supported by more regional data/research than any other EIAs in the world. Advancements in methods have provided greater understanding of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, but also highlighted related challenges. This presentation will review how Oil Sands CEAs are being completed, and discuss challenges and opportunities facing EIA practitioners.
Effect of Oil-Hydrocarbons on Marine Organisms: A Role of Environmental Variability (A study based on results from laboratory and hydrographic data from Angola, collected by R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen)
Presenter(s): Bjorn Serigstad, Marek Ostrowski, Bomba Basika Sangoloy
Temperature, salinity, light conditions, etc., may have stronger impacts on a test organism than does the chemical itself. The design of biotests should be based on the information of the living resources and their natural environment in the area of concern. These requirements are somewhat contradictory to an overall wish for standard test methods. In Angola, such activities are in progress and will be supported by Norway. Our research vessel, Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, is an effective tool for these studies.