Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) has approved a Geophysical Operations Authorization (GOA) application from TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS), Petroleum GeoServices (PGS), and Multi Klient Invest (MKI) to conduct a 2D offshore seismic survey program in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait over five years during the open water season. MKI will be the project operator.
The approval follows a report and recommendations by NEB board Member David Hamilton and public consultation, including public meetings in Pond Inlet, Clyde River, Qikiqtarjuaq, and Iqaluit.
"Never before has there been this level of public participation in the Board’s Environmental Assessment process for a GOA," the NEB said.
The Environmental Assessment report concluded that, with the implementation of MKI’s commitments, environmental protection procedures and mitigation measures, and compliance with the board’s regulatory requirements and conditions, the project is not likely to result in significant adverse environmental effect.
The GOA issued by the NEB is subject to 15 conditions, including requirements for MKI to make status updates of environmental commitments and marine mammal observer reports accessible to the public. The marine mammal observer reports may provide information on sightings of whales and birds in offshore areas that would not otherwise be available to the public. MKI is also required to conduct Project update meetings in interested communities.