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Environmental Studies Research Funds. ESRF Program Overview. January 2011. Table of Contents. Legislation………………………………………………….…3 Purpose of Funds……………………………………….….4 Frontier Lands…………………………………………….…5 Funding: Regional Levies…………………………….….6 Administration of Funds……………………………….…8

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EnvironmentalStudiesResearchFunds

ESRF Program

Overview

January 2011

table of contents
Table of Contents

Legislation………………………………………………….…3

Purpose of Funds……………………………………….….4

Frontier Lands…………………………………………….…5

Funding: Regional Levies…………………………….….6

Administration of Funds……………………………….…8

ESRF Management Board.…………………………..….9

Study Management………………………………………10

ESRF Levy and Invoice Process……………………..13

ESRF Contract Issuance Process……………….…..14

Publications…………………………………………………15

2011 Research Priority Areas...........................16

2011 Research Projects..……………………...........17

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legislation
Legislation
  • Originated in 1981, Section 49 of the Canada Oil and Gas Act (C0GA)
  • Currently described in Part VII of the Canada Petroleum Resources Act (CPRA) assented to 18th November, 1986
  • Ministers of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) responsible for accounts
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and Nova Scotia (NS) Accord legislation provides for application to Accord areas
  • Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) and Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NSOPB) approve levies for their respective areas of jurisdiction

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purpose of funds
Purpose of Funds

“ To finance environmental and social studies pertaining to the manner in which, and the terms and conditions under which, exploration, development and production activities on frontier lands authorized under this Act or any other Act of Parliament should be conducted.”

Canada Petroleum Resources Act, s. 76 (2)

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funding regional levies
Funding: Regional Levies
  • 31 ESRF regions
  • Unique annual levy in each region on petroleum land interests (per hectare)
  • Overall budget set each calendar year
  • Levy in each region depends on:
    • Applicability of each proposed study to a region
    • Industry activity/interest within a region
    • Existence of moratorium/prohibition

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administration of funds
Administration of Funds
  • 12-member Management Board
    • Jointly, Ministers appoint 8 members:
      • Federal Government (4)
        • National Energy Board (NEB), Environment Canada (EC), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
      • Industry (4)
        • Industry representatives of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
    • Offshore Petroleum Boards (2)
      • C-NSOPB
      • C-NLOPB
    • Public Members (2)
      • INAC and NRCan Ministers may appoint one member each to the Board
  • Chair – Jointly appointed by Ministers from within the Management Board
  • Administrator – Jointly appointed by Ministers
  • Secretariat – Administrative support from within NRCan

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esrf board membership
ESRF Board Membership

Paul Barnes (Industry) – Chair

Robert Steedman (NEB) Lynne Patenaude (EC)

Patrice Simon (DFO) Vacant* (INAC)

Greg Janes (Industry) Alan Kennedy (Industry)

Francine Wight (Industry)

Dave Burley (C-NLOPB) Eric Theriault (C-NSOPB)

Gerard Chidley Norman Snow

(Public Member South) (Public Member North)

* Member to be appointed by both Ministers

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study management
Study Management
  • Spring: ESRF Management Board establishes priority areas for research one year in advance
  • Summer: Advisory Groups recommend proposals to support priority areas
  • Fall: ESRF Management Board selects the final research proposals and determines the method of study - contract or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Regional Research Manager (RRM), ESRF Secretariat, and Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) develop the Statement of Work (SOW) to be incorporated in the Request for Proposal (RFP) which is either issued in a contract (posted on federal contracting site -MERX) by PWGSC or in a MOU by the ESRF Administrator
  • Technical Advisory Group (TAG) provides input in developing the study RFP and reviewing of the final report
  • ESRF Secretariat and Regional Research Managers administer contracts/MOUs and ensure overall technical consistency
  • ESRF Management Board approves final report for public release
  • ESRF Secretariat releases report on ESRF web site

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esrf annual cycle
ESRF Annual Cycle

Step 1: Annual review of Priority Areas for research in February

Step 2: Proposals brought forward via Management Board members and/or Regional Advisory Committees

Step 3: First look at proposals by Management Board in Spring

Step 4: Management Board makes final funding decisions in early Fall

Step 5: Ministerial budget approval in early Fall

Step 6: Offshore Boards budget approvals by new year

Step 7: Invoices to interest owners in 1st quarter of year for approved projects

Step 8: RFPs posted on MERX or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) co-signedwith required Government Department

Step 9: Technical Advisory Groups established

Step 10: Project proceeds, administered by Secretariat and Regional Research Manager with technical support from Technical Advisory Group

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Management Board Research Priorities setting meeting for funding in following year

Regional Advisory Committees Research Priorities Recommendations Meeting

Regional Advisory CommitteesResearch Proposals and Discussions

ESRF

Annual Cycle

Regional Advisory Committees Draft Research Proposals Review & Recommendations Meeting

Management Board final review of and funding decisions for final projects

Management Board Draft Proposals review meeting

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*Fall - Secretariat confirms land holdings with

regulators

*Draft administrative budget prepared for annual meeting

ESRF Levy and

Invoice Process

*ESRF Management Board approves draft admin budget

*Secretariat prepares final

study and admin budgets and distributes for

Chair, CAPP and Offshore Boards’ approval

*Secretariat prepares levy

package for approval by

Ministers of NRCan and INAC

*Upon approval, levy notices

sent to Offshore Boards for

approval

*Winter - Secretariat

receives approvals from Offshore Boards and then confirms land holdings with all regulators

*Secretariat prepares and

issues levy notices to all

interest owners

*Levies collected and

adjustments made to budgets

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ESRF Contract Issuance Process

PWGSC R&D

Contract

NRCan Service

Contract

Memorandum of

Understanding

*ESRF MB approves study

and recommends RFP

process (MOU or Contract)

*PWGSC reviews contract

with Secretariat and posts

on MERX for minimum

15 days

*Secretariat updates RFP

notification on web site

*NRCan reviews contract

with Secretariat and posts

on MERX for minimum

40 days

*Secretariat updates RFP

notification on web site

*Secretariat drafts MOU and

forwards to Participant

*Participantreviews, signs

and returns MOU to

Secretariat

*RRM and TAG prepare draft

Statement of Work (SOW)

*RRM forwards SOW to

Secretariat

*Secretariat establishes Evaluation Team

*PWGSC forwards all

responses for review by Evaluation Team

*Secretariat establishes Evaluation Team

*NRCan forwards all

responses for review by Evaluation Team

*MOU reviewed by NRCan

Legal Services

*MOU initiated

*Secretariat drafts SOW and

Evaluation Grid for either:

-PWGSC R&D contract

-NRCan Service contract

-MOU

*Evaluation Team selects potential winning bid*Secretariat convenes consensus meeting with PWGSC and Evaluation Team

*Evaluation Team selects potential winning bid*Secretariat convenes consensus meeting with NRCan and Evaluation Team

*PWGSC reviews Evaluation team decision and if in agreement,

notifies successful bidder

*Contract issued

*NRCan reviews Evaluation Team decision and if in agreement,

notifies successful bidder

*Contract issued

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publication of esrf studies
Publication of ESRF Studies
  • All research studies are published in the continuing ESRF reports series
  • Approximately 179 published to date
  • Reports, at no cost, are only available on the ESRF web site (www.esrfunds.org)
  • All publications are listed in both the ESRF Annual Report and Study Publications section on ESRF web site

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2012 research priorities
Northern

Oil Spill Preparedness, Fate and Effects

Regional Effects Management

East Coast

Oil Spill Preparedness, Fate and Effects

Seismic

2012 Research Priorities

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2011 projects north
2011 Projects: North
  • Arctic Coastal Ecosystems – Beaufort Sea/Mackenzie Delta Mapping
  • Improving the accuracy of short-term ice and ocean forecasts in the Beaufort Sea
  • Strategic Plan for Beaufort Spill Prevention and Management

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2011 projects east coast
2011 Projects: East Coast
  • Assessment of the Potential for Impacts on Early Life Stages of Fish and Zooplankton around Petroleum Development Sites on the Grand Banks
  • Data Display and Source Apportionment of Volatile Organic Compounds and Particulate Matter on Sable Island
  • Seismic Sound and Fish Behaviour Workshop

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