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bpTT: No ‘bombs’ for seismic tests


Energy giant bpTT says its does not use explosives or “bombs” to conduct seismic tests in search of offshore oil and gas.


The company responded yesterday to Express enquiries following a protest at the Port of Spain waterfront on Tuesday by fishermen and their supporters, who claimed energy companies are using dynamite and air guns to conduct seismic surveys in local waters.


Three activists, including Fishermen and Friends of the Sea president Gary Aboud, were arrested during the protest.


They appeared in the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, charged with holding a public meeting without the Police Commissioner’s permission, among other charges.


Their bail was regularised and they will reappear in court on November 18.


Responding to claims that energy companies were using explosives, bpTT said: “The seismic technology utilised by bpTT in Trinidad and Tobago is the same technology that is used across the world, including Canada, Norway and the USA, in marine environments. 


This in no way involves the use of explosives or bombs but rather pressured air pulses along tow lines called streamers. There is also no seismic activity on the sea bed other than detectors which record the data.”  


All seismic surveys in Trinidad and Tobago are regulated by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) through the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) process, specifically under the designated activities related to the Exploration for Crude Oil or Natural Gas (Activity 24) of the CEC Rules, the company added in a statement from its Port of Spain office.


“This is a robust process that upholds the standards set out by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), a recognised international standard for nature conservation related to seismic activity.  We rigorously follow the requirements set out by the EMA, adhering to the JNCC guidelines and any other requirements of the CEC.”


BP, as an international operator, has one standard for conducting seismic surveys that we use across our worldwide operations, and our activities in Trinidad and Tobago are carried out according to these international standards, the company said, adding: “In fact, our recently-concluded seismic survey was a joint initiative between BP’s Trinidad and North Sea operations where we contracted one seismic provider to carry out the seismic surveys in both Trinidad and British waters. 


The seismic vessels operated in Trinidad in the winter months and the exact vessels with the exact technology then moved to the North Sea and carried out the same seismic survey in British waters to the same standards.


“We believe there is the need to educate the public on the seismic technology being used and measures already in place to minimise environmental impacts and we will continue to abide by the requirements of the EMA through the CEC process  for such work. We will also work with other upstream operators and industry associations to determine how best we can collectively share more scientific information about seismic surveys with key stakeholders and the wider public,” the statement said.



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