Greenpeace: Oil Industry rejects seismic test claims




Greenpeace: Oil Industry rejects seismic test claims

Oil explorers are rejecting Greenpeace claims that seismic testing is a threat to marine mammals.

Greenpeace campaigner Mike Smith says a proposed survey by oilfield services company Schlumberger – New Zealand covering 5000 square kilometres of the Taranaki Basin could harm blue whales, Maui’s dolphins and other species.

Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand chief executive Cameron Madgwick says Mr Smith exaggerates the situation.

The explosive sounds produced by the ship have a different volume and frequency under water than if they were travelling through air.

“Unfortunately for Mike the sounds in the water of this imaging surveying, these seismic surveys, just aren’t at the sort of sounds and frequencies that various marine mammals will be impacted permanently by them. There is a lot of science that sits behind that,” Mr Madwick says.

Petroleum Exploration Association members comply with a voluntary code of conduct developed by the Department of Conservation, which is currently being reviewed.

Audio: Cameron Madgwick Interview





2 Replies to “Greenpeace: Oil Industry rejects seismic test claims”

  1. Why is it that in this discussion only one side is compelled to provide empirical data, and the other can simply use loud voices and hype? The truth is, as Mr. Madgwick notes, decades of peer reviewed science has been documented on this, and the seismic industry marine mammal observations provided to researchers have provided more hard observation data per year than in all years previous combined. One additional inconvenient truth: How is it that if this seismic energy is so lethal to mammals, that their populations have blossomed over the same period that this type of work has been done continuously on a global basis? Get real, Greenpeace.

    1. Personal experience has shown that the cetaceans are not easily distracted by the seismic source. On one occasion whilst offshore Namibia there were hundreds of pods migrating North and passed by the vessel from the tailbuoys, in and out of the cables, amongst the sources and then forward past the bow of the vessel. The only area of concern they had was going by the doors whereby they stopped had a look at them and then moved around them. The doors were probably seen as an immovable object so they moved around them.

      There is no doubt considerably more science data to be undertaken before a solution that is equitable to all parties is found.

      Both parties should be afforded their opportunity to raise issues but not interfere operations by putting themselves at risk, this is folly. Mediation by appropriate bodies is good and all parties should discuss with intent of coming to amicable solutions. Protest such as those in New Zealand do not curry favour.

      No doubt those who protest do come back to shore and then cycle home, or do they drive in vehicles powered by the fossil fuels that have been discovered…..

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