Clyde River loses fight to block seismic testing

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Aerial view of Clyde River, Nunavut.

Federal Court of Appeal denies hamlet’s request for a judicial review of permit

CBC News, Aug 18, 2015

Clyde River, Nunavut, has lost its bid to block seismic testing off its shores.

The Federal Court of Appeal has denied the Baffin Island hamlet’s request for a judicial review of a testing permit issued by the National Energy Board.

In her written decision, Justice Eleanor Dawson says the board fulfilled requirements to consult with local Inuit and that consultation doesn’t necessarily mean agreement.

She noted that efforts to ensure the tests don’t unduly harm wildlife will be ongoing.

Clyde River mayor Jerry Natanine says he is disappointed with the decision.

“Obviously we were hoping to win this appeal but unfortunately it didn’t go our way,” he said.

Jerry Natanine, the mayor of Clyde River, Nunavut, says seismic testing for oil deposits in nearby waters could kill marine mammals. (David Michael Lamb/CBC)

Jerry Natanine, the mayor of Clyde River, Nunavut, says seismic testing for oil deposits in nearby waters could kill marine mammals. (David Michael Lamb/CBC)

“We are going to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada and that has been our position with the hunters and trappers [association] along with the hamlet.”

A consortium of three companies — TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA, Petroleum GeoServices and MultiKlient Invest AS — plans to do seismic tests in the Davis Strait, up and down the entire length of Baffin Island. The testing uses loud, high-intensity sounds to help map the sea floor and the geology underneath.

Clyde River argues that the testing would disturb or harm seals, whales, walrus and other marine mammals locals depend on for food.

Nunavut Clyde River 2The hamlet was joined in its opposition by all the communities on Baffin Island, regional and territorial Inuit groups and the Nunavut Marine Council, which represents Nunavut’s wildlife management bodies. A wide spectrum of non-governmental groups and individuals, including Lucy Lawless and Naomi Klein, also supported Clyde River, including Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and Amnesty International.

The consortium cancelled its plans to conduct seismic testing off of Baffin Island this summer, the second postponement since the consortium was granted a five-year licence from the NEB last year.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/clyde-river-loses-fight-to-block-seismic-testing-1.3195176

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Posted on August 18, 2015, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Way to go Clyde River and all! You have the TRUTH and what is RIGHT behind you! That is the real power, the true majority! Stand tall and proud!

  2. Colonization means that we are required to ask and then live by the final decision of the colonizer. Decolonize by refusing to participate.

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