Big oil confronts big wind in Hecate Strait
Shell Canada and Chevron Canada claim their pre-existing rights in Hecate Strait will be infringed upon by Naikun.
Posted by Arthur Caldicott on 10 Aug 2009
In a joint letter to the BC Environmental Assessment Office, regarding the NaiKun Offshore Wind Energy Project, the oil companies state that they are "opposed to the project moving forward without first resolving issues associated with our pre-existing rights." "... it will infringe on our pre-existing offshore oil and gas tenure rights in the area. This partial sterilization of our tenure rights..."
Sterilization? Good grief. What, like Naikun's project is some sort of corporate vasectomy?
The letter is copied to Naikun and to the Haida Nation - one nation among these bickering corporations which really does have pre-existing rights.
Specifically, the oil companies are concerned that construction and operation of the offshore wind farm will interfere with their right to perform seismic testing ("seismic acquisition" they call it) and to "construct infrastructure and conduct drilling and production operations"
The "mitigative measures" sought by Shell and Chevron are:
- "Shooting high-quality seismic" prior to Naikun building anything
- for Naikun to redesign the farm to accomodate future seismic and production
- for Naikun to shut down the wind farm when the oil companies want to do seismic surveys
The letter is here:
The EAO review of the Naikun project is here:
The public comment period on the application closed on July 12, 2009