ARCHIVED - Part A - Proposed Terms and Conditions - Specific to the 2009-2010 Central Mackenzie Valley Call for Bids

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(To be read in conjunction with Part B)

Closing date: to be announced

The Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development hereby calls for the submission of bids in respect of (______) parcels comprising the following lands located in the area of the Central Mackenzie Valley:

PARCEL ( hectares )
Issuance Fee = $  

Latitude

Longitude

Portion

PARCEL(S) DESCRIPTION AND MAP WILL BE INSERTED


1. Acceptance and Agreement

- Canada Petroleum Resources Act s.s. 24.1

Any submission of a bid in response to a call for bids shall be made on the understanding that the terms and conditions as contained herein are accepted and agreed to by the bidder. Such understanding shall include the acceptance of and agreement with the terms and conditions contained within the form of the Exploration Licence and with the Benefits Statement of Principles.

2. Exploration Licence

- Canada Petroleum Resources Act s.s. 14.3 (a)

Any exploration licence which may result from a call for bids will be issued pursuant to the Canada Petroleum Resources Act, R.S., 1985, c. 36, 2nd supplement, or legislation made in amendment thereof or in substitution therefore and any regulations made thereunder from time to time.

Term

- Canada Petroleum Resources Act s.s. 14.3 (c)

The term for Exploration Licences issued from the 2010 Central Mackenzie Valley Call for Bids will be nine (9) years consisting of two consecutive periods of five (5) and four (4) years.

3. Submission of Bids

- Canada Petroleum Resources Act s.s. 14.3 (e), (f)

Sealed bids must be delivered, either by registered mail or in person, to the following address prior to NOON, Mountain Time on date specified:

Compliance Information Analyst
National Energy Board
Frontier Information Office
444 Seventh Avenue S.W.
CALGARY AB T2P 0X8

Each bid submitted in response to a call must be addressed to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and be in double sealed envelopes bearing no corporate identification.  The outer envelope should be clearly marked with the date and call name, i.e. 2010 Central Mackenzie Valley Call for Bids.  The inner envelope(s) should be clearly marked with the date, call name and parcel number, i.e. 2010 Central Mackenzie Valley Call for Bids - Parcel No.___.

Individuals or companies submitting more than one bid may place all bids in a single outer envelope.

View the Bid Submission Form

To be accepted, bids must be accompanied by separate financial instruments in respect of the issuance fee (clause 6 of Part B) and of the Bid Deposit (clause 10 (a) of Part B).


For sections 4-16, please refer to the Part B: General Terms and Conditions of a Call for Bids North of 60°


17. Related Requirements

The exercise of petroleum exploration rights may be subject to specific terms and conditions relating to the environment, and must comply with requirements under Land Claims and for northern benefits.

Conditions Relating to the Environment

Some areas on the map have been identified by the Gwich'in or Sahtu authorities to alert potential nominators that additional terms and conditions may be required at the activity stage.  Seasonal or operating limitations may be established in accordance with provisions of the Canada Oil and Gas Operations Act.  For example, the work season may be restricted to those months when the proposed type of activity will not have a significant impact on fish habitats, birds or other species and there may be precise conditions relating to drilling fluids and waste discharges.
 
Site-specific environmental operating terms and conditions may be imposed at the permitting stage pertaining to a variety of matters such as cut-lines, drilling fluids, waste discharges and operating seasons.  Consultation with the appropriate Sahtu or Gwich'in authority and appropriate government departments regarding such matters as hunting and trapping, fishing and other related activities will be necessary prior to regulatory approvals.

Specific environmental protection plans developed in consultation with the appropriate Sahtu or Gwich'in authority may be required by the proponent prior to the commencement of activity.  These plans would describe the necessary procedures the operator would take to minimize any environmental impacts to sensitive fish habitats, birds or wildlife habitat of the region, for example moose/caribou.

The implementation of associated activity may require the hiring of a local monitor to observe and provide advice on a number of items including cut-lines/roads, disposal of wastes, fuel storage and other related matters.

Land Claims Requirements

The lands available for posting are located within the Gwich'in Settlement Region and the Sahtu Settlement Region.  Successful bidders shall adhere to the terms of the land claim settlement agreements reached with the Gwich'in and the Sahtu Dene and Metis.  Interested parties are advised to obtain a copy of the appropriate land claim settlement (Sahtu and Gwich'in   ).

Prospective bidders should be aware of the Gwich'in Land Use Plan (the Plan).  The Plan provides for the development and utilization of land, resources and waters within the Gwich'in Settlement area.  Of specific note, the Plan recommends protection measures for specific lands.  These areas are noted on the Call for Nominations map, available by request or by downloading from the Northern Oil and Gas Branch website.

Anyone proposing to undertake oil and gas activities on these lands will be expected to undertake early and extensive consultations with the Gwich'in authorities. Access to these lands will likely be subject to special conditions, including environmental protection plans developed in consultation and discussion with the Gwich'in Tribal Council (telephone: (867) 777‑7900). Further information concerning the Gwich'in Land Use Plan may be obtained by contacting the Gwich'in Land Use Planning Board in Inuvik, NWT (telephone: (867) 777-3506 or fax:(867) 777-2616).

In the Sahtu area, a Land Use Plan is being developed by the Sahtu Land Use Planning Board, and a draft is available.  Further information may be obtained by contacting the Sahtu Land Use Planning Board in Fort Good Hope (telephone: (867) 598‑2055).  In addition to the land use plan, a number of historic sites and heritage places have been recommended, and are outlined in a document titled "Places We Take Care Of", a report prepared by the Sahtu Heritage Places and Sites Joint Working Group.  This report is available from the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated in Deline (telephone: (867) 589-4719 or fax: (867) 589-4908.)

Throughout the NWT a Protected Areas Strategy is being developed.  Perspective bidders should be aware of this process and potential implication on activities of interest within the region.

The excerpts, further in the present document , from both the Gwich'in and Sahtu Comprehensive Land Claim Agreements are available by request, or by downloading from the Northern Oil and Gas Branch website.  The community contacts for each of the claims are identified in the Further Information and Contactssection.

  Section from the
Comprehensive Land
Claim Agreement
Provisions Relating to: Gwich'in Sahtu
Commercial access 20.4 21.4
Consultation prior to the exercise of exploration rights 21.1.3 22.1.3
Interim measures for the provision of benefits where
the Gwich'in or Sahtu are surface owners
21.2 22.2

Northern Benefits Requirements

The successful bidder shall adhere to the Northern Benefits Requirements Associated with New Exploration Programs which is attached or available by request or by downloading from our website.

Further Information and Contacts

For more information on this call, the rights issuance process or the resource management regime, please contact:

Lucie St-Jean
Rights Administrator / Registrar
Oil and Gas Management Directorate
Northern Oil and Gas Branch
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
15/25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
OTTAWA ON   K1A 0H4
Tel: (819) 997-0048
Fax: (819) 953‑5828
E-mail: Lucie.StJean@ainc-inac.gc.ca

Ursula Beddoes
Manager, Land Tenure
Oil and Gas Management Directorate
Northern Oil and Gas Branch
Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
15/25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
OTTAWA ON   K1A 0H4
Tel: (819) 934-9392
Fax: (819) 953‑5828
E-mail: Ursula.Beddoes@ainc-inac.gc.ca

For more information on Northern Oil and Gas, refer to our website.

Any geological and well information with respect to the lands or area which is available for public disclosure may be obtained from:

Data Coordinator
National Energy Board
Exploration and Production
444 Seventh Avenue SW
CALGARY AB T2P 0X8
Tel: (403) 292‑4800; Fax: (403) 292‑5876

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