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oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

So can the Minister tell us what involvement, if any, our government has had in the development of these regulations? Merci, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Minister responsible for Environment and Natural Resources.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you. Usually the Member gives me the question ahead of time but this is good; I actually had a conversation with our staff just recently about this very topic.

So we've reached out to the federal minister to have this actual conversation about trying to get a position on the board. We've had communications with the Alberta government to work on this. So we are having these dialogs back and forth with the minister of Alberta as well as the federal minister, and we're trying to get this resolved. This has been a very long issue for not just only the Member but our Indigenous governments across the territories, all the way up from the Beau-Del all the way down to Fort Smith. So we've heard them. We've heard the concerns. We are working with them within the system we have presently. So we are on a plate, I guess, communicating back and forth with a letter and there will be another letter being sent out probably within the next week or so. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I want to ask the -- thanks to the Minister for that. Can he commit to share a copy of this letter that he's sending with the regular MLAs, even on a confidential basis, so that we're aware of what's being requested and how we might be engaged in the development of these regulations moving forward? Merci, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, it's not Yellowknife North asking the questions today. We will look at back -- I do not want to make a commitment here in the House to say that we will share. I don't see why not but we want to make sure we do it right. So I will reach out back, talk to the department, have the frank conversations on what we can and cannot share, and then we'll get back to the House with that answer. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I want to thank the Minister for that.

Can he tell us, though, a little bit more about the development of these federal regulations, what impact might that have on our trans-boundary water agreement with the Government of Alberta given that there could be emissions. Like, these tailings ponds are huge. They've been storing water for years. It looks like there's a desire now to start to release this in light of some of the flooding that's been happening and climate change and so on. So what impact is this going to have on or trans-boundary water agreement with the Government of Alberta? Merci, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, for that detail, I'm going to have to reach out to the department. I mean, that there involves a lot of people, departments. We need to find out, because right now I know the Alberta government's talking about it, but we've reached out to them. We're not supportive of this presently or even in the future. So we need to reach out to the federal minister and to the Alberta minister to get that information. But for further detail as to the question that the Member asked, that there is going to involve some research. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Final supplementary, Member for Frame Lake.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. I want to thank the Minister for that. Can he commit to sharing this research with the regular Members? Merci, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you. I will get back to the Members and the Committee of SCEDE with the information that we're able to provide. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

oral question 874-19(2): Federal Regulations for Release of Water from Oil Sands MR. O'REILLY: Thanks, Mr. Speaker. I do have some questions for the minister of environment and natural resources. Again, I haven't given him a heads up but, look, it's in the media now that the federal government is developing some regulations to allow for the release of water from the oil sands in Alberta. Of course, they would flow down -- that would flow downstream past our communities, including Fort Smith.
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The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Colleagues, our time for oral questions has expired. Written questions. Member for Frame Lake.

Written Questions
Written Questions

Kevin O'Reilly Frame Lake

Merci, Monsieur le President. Map Staking versus Claim Staking for Mineral Rights. My questions are for the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, who is responsible for both promoting the mining industry and regulating it.

During the development of the Mineral Rights Act, there was a commitment from the Government of the Northwest Territories to implement map staking as the method for acquiring mineral rights. The department has also committed to spend $3.7 million developing a mineral administration and registry system to facilitate map staking, a fundamental change to the way in which mineral rights are secured. This will likely require a careful balance between the economic interests of small prospectors, claim post manufacturers, expediters, charter aircraft operators versus mining companies with the capital to tie up large areas without significant work commitments.

How is the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment going to balance these competing interests, and,

1. Please provide a summary of the representation work requirements for mineral claims since devolution, including the number of active mineral claims, value of the representation work completed, number of claims lapsed due to a failure to perform representation work, and the value of that representation work that would have occurred;

2. Please explain how the value of the work that would normally go into claim staking will be dealt with under map staking to prevent speculation and/or be converted into actual exploration work;

3. Please provide any economic analysis of the impacts of moving from claim staking to map staking that has been conducted by or for the Department; and,

4. Please provide a full description of the public engagement that the department intends to undertake as part of any move from claim staking to map staking, including the steps, timelines and specific opportunities for public input.

Merci, Mr. Speaker.

Written Questions
Written Questions

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Member for Frame Lake. Written questions. Returns to written questions. Replies to the Commissioner's address. Petitions. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for Environment and Natural Resources.

Tabling of Documents
tabled document 519-19(2):
NWT Climate Change Action Plan: Annual Report 2020-21

tabled document 520-19(2): nwt water stewardship strategy action plan 2021-2025 TABLEd DOCUMENT 521-19(2): nwt water stewardship strategy action plan 2021-2025 plain language summary TABLED DOCUMENT 522-19(2): responding to climate change in the nwt plain language overview report 2020/21
Written Questions

December 7th, 2021

Shane Thompson Nahendeh

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, I wish to table the following four documents: NWT Climate Change Action Plan: Annual Report 2020-21; NWT Water Stewardship Strategy Action Plan 2021-2025; NWT Water Stewardship Strategy Action Plan 2021-2025 Plain Language Summary; and the Responding to Climate Change in the NWT Plain Language Overview Report 2020/21. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

tabled document 520-19(2): nwt water stewardship strategy action plan 2021-2025 TABLEd DOCUMENT 521-19(2): nwt water stewardship strategy action plan 2021-2025 plain language summary TABLED DOCUMENT 522-19(2): responding to climate change in the nwt plain language overview report 2020/21
Written Questions

The Speaker Frederick Blake Jr.

Thank you, Minister. Tabling of documents. Minister responsible for Finance.