Appeal to start on Arctic seismic testing
Local residents are opposing a plan to conduct seismic oil and gas exploration off Baffin Island. The proposal was first put forth in 2011 by a consortium of three international companies -- TGS-NOPEC, Petroleum Geo-Services and Multi Klient Invest.
Inuit on the island say consultations with them have been inadequate and their concerns about effects on marine life have not been listened to. They say Baffin Bay and Davis Strait are fragile and ecologically diverse with many whales, walrus, and seals, and there isn’t any solid information about how seismic testing would affect them and their environment.
The hamlet of Clyde River is leading the opposition to testing and has wide support throughout Nunavut.