Corridor to Conduct Seismic Survey Offshore Cape Breton

Corridor Resources has filed an application with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) to undertake a small 2-D marine seismic program on Exploration License EL 2368 located offshore western Cape Breton in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This modern seismic program will assist in defining the promising natural gas potential of the Cheticamp prospect indicated following re-processing of old seismic by Corridor in 1999. The program consists of approximately 500 kilometers of data to be acquired in the period between November 1, 2003 and February 29, 2004, and will take approximately six days to complete under favorable weather conditions. Corridor will operate the program and the seismic contractor will be Geophysical Service Incorporated (GSI) using the Canadian owned and crewed vessel the GSI Admiral operating out of the Strait of Canso area.

In conducting this program, Corridor and GSI intend to meet all of a number of special conditions required by the CNSOPB following public hearings and committee processes undertaken during the past two years, including the following:

  • Corridor will carry out the program during the prescribed fall/winter season. This will ensure that the program does not conflict with the important snow crab fishery conducted in the area during the spring and summer.

  • Corridor will follow a 30-minute incremental ramp-up procedure to avoid surprising marine mammals in close proximity to the survey vessel.

  • Corridor will have a fisheries representative on board the seismic vessel during the survey.

  • Corridor will have a trained biological observer on board the seismic vessel to assist the operator with marine mammal observations.

  • Corridor will suspend seismic activities whenever whales are observed within one kilometer of the vessel and shall not resume until the whales have left the area.

  • Prior to authorization, Corridor will consult with the CNSOPB and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to address mitigative measures to minimize any potential risk to cod.

  • Prior to authorization, Corridor and GSI will provide to the CNSOPB an acceptable financial compensation program for possible damage to fishing gear.

  • Prior to authorization, Corridor will submit an appropriate Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) program.

  • Corridor will not acquire any seismic within 10 kilometers of the shoreline, measured from the low water mark.