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Arctic Petroleum Operators' Association and Eastcoast Petroleum Operators' Association fonds


Physical Description:
14.1 m of textual records

The Arctic Petroleum Operators' Association (APOA) was founded in Calgary, Alberta in 1970. The Eastcoast Petroleum Operators' Association (EPOA) was founded in Calgary in 1971. Both organizations were governed by contractual agreements ("charters") of the two dozen or so petroleum exploration and production firms operating in each region. APOA consisted of firms holding petroleum lands in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and in the offshore Beaufort Sea area. EPOA members had interests in exploration off the coasts of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Labrador, and Baffin Island. The two organizations worked together closely, often holding joint meetings and forming joint committees, but were unable to obtain the unanimous consent from their members needed to amalgamate. They operated without secretariats until 1979 when Gordon H. Jones became Executive Director of both organizations. Jones, a former representative of an APOA member, was engaged through his consulting firm, Jones Frontier Advisors Ltd. In August 1983, EPOA merged with the Canadian Petroleum Association (CPA, later renamed Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers). It became the Offshore Operators' Division (OOD) of CPA, and Barry Virtue was hired as its Manager. In March 1986 APOA amalgamated with OOD, and the new organization became the Frontier Division of the CPA. Gordon Jones was retained as a consultant to the Frontier Division for a one-year transitional period. The organizations were engaged in sponsoring scientific and engineering research, government relations, and public relations work. The major committees were concerned with benefits (for employees), drilling, environment, offshore and remote medicine, oilspill, production, public relations, remote sensing, and safety. APOA sponsored an annual workshop (initially a function of its Environment Committee) from 1971 to 1985. APOA and EPOA jointly established the Canadian Offshore Oil Spill Research Association (COOSRA) which existed from 1980 to 1985. EPOA and the CPA jointly established the Petroleum Industry Office for Eastcoast Offshore in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1980. After 1982, the organizations were involved in an advisory capacity for two federal research programs: the Panel on Energy Research and Development (PERD) and the Environmental Studies Revolving Funds (ESRF).

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of of records of APOA, EPOA, OOD, COOSRA, and Frontier Division of CPA, mostly accumulated by Gordon Jones in his capacities as a representative of a member of APOA (beginning around 1972), Executive Director of APOA and EPOA (beginning 1979), advisor to COOSRA, and consultant to the Frontier Division of CPA (1986-1987). Records include charters, Board minutes, general meeting minutes, committee minutes, general correspondence, committee correspondence, proposals and administrative records of research projects, reports, and information files on associated organizations, government agencies, conferences, and corporations. Includes records received from Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA); Arctic Institute of North America (AINA); Beaufort Sea Environmental Assessment Review Panel (BSEARP); Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration (COGLA); the Canadian departments of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans, Indian and Northern Affairs, and Transport; Eastcoast Spill Response Association (ESRA); and Petroleum Association for Conservation of the Canadian Environment (PACE).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Gordon H. Jones, 2005-2017.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Records of the Canadian Petroleum Association are available in the Glenbow Archives.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9099, M-9849

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