Statoil has seen a lot of Greenpeace this week but so far its staying schtum in response to New Zealanders calling on it to ‘go home’.
However, that deafening silence does not extend to the deep waters off the Northland coast right at the moment.
Statoil has started its search for oil, about 120 west of Cape Reinga, using noisy seismic testing. Evidence from marine scientists around the world suggests that seismic testing is bad for whales and dolphins.
Seismic testing is the first step of oil exploration. Before the oil rigs even arrive, before the drills go in the seabed, companies must first determine where to find the oil, if there is any. The process is done from a ship firing off repeated sound blasts day and night sometimes over weeks or months. The blasts, created by underwater... Read more >