Do seismic survey sounds prevent cetaceans from communicating?

This is one of the key concerns raised by environmental groups (eNGOs) and some regulators.  In fact, eNGOs often make comments such as “Noise from …… seismic work ….. can make it difficult for these very social animals to communicate with one another” in their blogs or media releases.   Note the judicious use of the […]

What seismic sound levels are generated in the vicinity of a seismic survey?

Contrary to the claims of many environmental groups (eNGOs), the sound levels generated in the vicinity of seismic surveys are not audible “24 hours per day, 7 days per week for weeks or months on end” nor can they be described as “deafening blasts”.  Firstly, a seismic vessel cannot operate its seismic source 24 hours […]

How do whales and dolphins react to seismic surveys?

Contrary to the claims of many environmental Non-Government Organisations (eNGOs), any changes to normal behavioural patterns are either non-existent or minimal (such as slight course changes in order to avoid the vessel).  We know this by the extensive monitoring that is carried out during seismic surveys.  This monitoring always includes Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) maintaining […]

The Antarctic waters are certainly not quiet – and yet many whale species feed there throughout the summer months!

It’s a little known fact that the sound of calving/cracking/colliding Antarctic icebergs can be recorded on seabed acoustic loggers deployed on the edge of Australia’s continental shelf several thousand kilometres away.  If the sound travels that distance, what must their intensity be at source? Professor Alexander Gavrilov of Curtin University Centre for Marine Science and […]

Full text of Federal Resources Minister’s speech at 2013 APPEA Conference

APPEA 2013 Transforming our Energy Future The Hon. Gary Gray AO MP Minister for Energy and Resources Brisbane, Queensland, 27 May 2013 Introduction I would like to acknowledge the Turrbal and Jagera people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. I would also like to pay my respects to the Elders both past […]

The Norwood Resource supports the Federal Resources Minister’s comments.

In reference to the claims various groups make in the media about a number of issues in the resources sector, the Australian Federal Energy Minister, Gary Gray, in May 2013, stated in a document distributed to the media prior to his speech at the APPEA Conference in Brisbane, “(this is) about spreading fear and confusion […]