Canadian Seismic Application Being Reviewed Again

Canada’s National Energy Board has resumed its assessment of an application for seismic testing just east of Baffin Island. The joint application was first filed by TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company, Petroleum GeoServices and Multi Klient Invest in May 2011,  It requested approval of scans from air guns to the sea floor for a period of two months each year for five years.The application was suspended when the NEB, which regulates oil and gas offshore activities in the Canadian Arctic, ruled the applicants had failed to provide feedback from three neighboring communities. In August, 2013, after meeting with members of neighboring communities, the applicants provided a document which refers to studies that show no documented cases of marine mammal mortality when exposed to oil and gas exploration surveys. The document also outlines mitigation measures, including the creation of a community liaison contact to communicate project information with local residents.

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