The Arctic Environment and Legislation


  • A. R. Thompson



Energy Law, Petroleum Law


This is the first of three papers presented at the Tenth Annual Research Seminar on the special problems of the oil and gas industry in the Canadian Arctic. The paper examines the background to the industry's participation in the Arctic, the special problems of the Arctic environment, and the jurisdictional and administrative framework in the Yukon Territory, the Northwest Territories and the Northern offshore areas. In discussing the Arctic environ ment and legislation, the paper raises the question of whether or not there is new environmental law, and suggests that there is new environmental law taking shape which consists of demands for public participation in, and for broad range of inquiry with respect to, the decision making processes in modern society.