An Inuit village has joined a growing list of lawsuits filed against the oil industry. Clyde River, is located on the east coast of Baffin Island about 2,000 kilometers from the North Pole.
The waters in the region is populated with narwhals, bowhead whales, walruses, seals and other marine mammals, which are the base of Inuit food and culture. The problem for the Inuit and the mammals is oil companies are salivating over the potential finds in the North.
The indigenous group that launched the suit is arguing the seismic surveys done by the companies could be fatal, to sea life. While the National Energy Board admit the noisy air-cannon testing – aimed at mapping the ocean floor – could have an impact on some whales, but still gave three companies the go ahead.
It’s esti9mated the Arctic has almost a quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil reserves. Getting at it is proving to be challenging and not at all cost effective.