The Environmental Studies Research Funds commissioned a study on “Valued Component Thresholds” relevant to the oil and gas industry in the Northwest Territories. Study objectives were to advance the understanding and awareness of thresholds or objectives in the management of cumulative effects, and to investigate how best to implement such an approach for the onshore energy sector.
The report begins with information on the proposed Valued Component management framework, including definitions of key terms and a description of the process used to define objectives, using woodland caribou as an example. This is followed by a discussion of potential cumulative effects that could occur as a result of northern hydrocarbon activities, and summarizes useful indicators identified in the literature review and previous reports. Key elements and concepts supporting the proposed implantation framework were also introduced and described. The report also draws links between these discussions and sets out conclusions relevant to the four project objectives. Finally, recommendations for framework implementation in a NWT pilot study are also provided
Antoniuk, T., S. Kennett, C. Aumann, M. Weber, S. Davis Schuetz, R. McManus, K. McKinnon and K. Manuel.2009.Valued Component Thresholds (Management Objectives) Project. Environmental Studies Research Funds Report No. 172. Calgary, AB. 164 p.