Vermont Law School’s Institute for Energy and Environment is pleased to announce the fifth white paper in its series "Implementing the Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Guidelines" in Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States. The series examines how Arctic Ocean coastal states’ regulations reflect guidelines produced by the Arctic Council’s Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Group for offshore oil and gas activity.

White Paper No. 5 covers the offshore hydrocarbon regulatory systems in Greenland and the Russian Federation. The paper provides an overview of:

Legal System and Permitting Processes

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment

Indigenous Participation in Decision-Making

Operating Practices

for both Greenland and the Russian Federation.

White Papers 1-4 on the United States and Canada, working drafts from last fall, address permitting processes, environmental assessment (over the life of a project), indigenous participation in decision-making and operating practices.

The papers and further information can be downloaded here.