The Mineral Resources Act and other rules, regulations and guidelines stipulate a range of measures aimed at environmental protection, climate protection, and nature protection. Hvalrosse_hel

Applications submitted to the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority to conduct offshore hydrocarbon exploration activities with an expected significant impact on the environment, must be accompanied by an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The EIA is forwarded to the Environment Agency for the Mineral Ressources Area (EAMRA) under the Ministry for Nature and Environment.  EAMRA draws on the expertise of the scientific institutions Danish National Environmental Research Institute and Greenland Institute for Natural Resources when assessing submitted EIAs. Please se the following pages:

Offshore exploration activities (excluding drilling) 
Exploration drilling


Strategic Environmental Impact Assessments

Prior to opening up new areas for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation licensing rounds, a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessments (SEIA) for the region is prepared. The SEIA reports and research related hereto have been conducted as a co-operation between National Environmental Research Institute, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR) and Mineral Licence and Safety Authority (formerly the BMP).

SEIA for Baffin Bay (offshore West Greenland)

SEIA for Disko Island and Nuussuaq Peninsula (onshore West Greenland)

SEIA for Jameson Land (onshore East Greenland)

SEIA for South Greenland (offshore South West Greenland)

SEIA for the Western Greenland Sea (offshore North East Greenland)

SEIA for the Davis Strait (offshore West Greenland)

SEIA for the Disko West area (offshore West Greenland)

SEIA for the Disko West area (offshore West Greenland) - 2013

SEIA for the Greenland part of the Baffin Bay area (offshore North West Greenland)

SEIA for the Greenland Sea area (offshore North East Greenland)

SEIA for the Greenland Sea area, supplement report - Aerial surveys of coastal seabirds and marine mammals

Examples of Environmental Impact Assessments reports for seismic activities and site survey activities:

EIA for 2D seismic survey Disko West Blocks 4 and 6, 2008 EIA for 2D seismic survey Disko West Block 8, 2010

EIA for High Resolution Seismic Site Survey Programme for Eqqua, Licence 2008/11, Offshore West Greenland, 2011 EIA for High Resolution Seismic Site Survey Programme for Napariaq, Licence 2011/16, Offshore West Greenland, 2011

Examples of Environmental Impact Assessments reports for exploration drilling activities:

EIA for exploration drilling programme, wells 1 & 2, Sigguk Block, Disko West, 2010, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

EIA for exploration drilling programme, wells 3 & 4, Sigguk Block, Disko West, 2010, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

Non-Technical Summary of EIA for exploration drilling programme, Atammik Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

EIA for exploration drilling programme, Atammik Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

Non-Technical Summary of EIA for exploration drilling programme, Lady Franklin Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

EIA for exploration drilling programme, Lady Franklin Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

Non-Technical Summary of EIA for exploration drilling programme, Eqqua Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

EIA for exploration drilling programme, Eqqua Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

Non-Technical Summary of EIA for exploration drilling programme, Napariaq Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.

EIA for exploration drilling programme, Napariaq Block, Offshore West Greenland, 2011, submitted by Capricorn Greenland Exploration 1 Ltd.