Seahorses could be in more danger as oil well drilling begins in Poole Bay

Seahorses could be in more danger as oil well drilling begins in Poole Bay

Caption: Short snouted seahorse © Paul Naylor (www.marinephoto.co.uk/)

Poole | Posted: Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 9:00 am | return to news

Seahorses could be in more danger as oil well drilling begins in Poole Bay

Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) still has concerns about the drilling of the Coulter Appraisal Well in Poole Bay, which begins this month by Corallian Energy Limited for which consent has been granted.

Seahorses could be in more danger as oil well drilling begins in Poole Bay

Caption: Short snouted seahorse © Paul Naylor (www.marinephoto.co.uk/)

This is despite positive comments from Corallian over limiting the dumping of oiled drill cuttings on the seabed in an area with vulnerable features and bird foraging. Following DWT’s concerns, all contaminated cuttings will now be safely disposed of onshore and the drilling will occur during the winter to reduce impact on migratory species, spring and summer time spawning fish and foraging seabirds.

But this has not allayed fears by DWT about the remaining drill cuttings that will be discharged on the seabed with the potential to impact on species within the vicinity. Short-snouted seahorses (protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981) are recorded within the licensed area in Poole Bay.

Experts from DWT are also worried that drilling will occur with a potential risk of pollution, albeit small, in such a highly prized natural environment. DWT chief executive, Dr Simon Cripps said, “Poole Bay is not the place for such activities. The time, effort, money and research necessary to conduct such a project would be better used on renewable energy alternatives and not drilling in such a sensitive area.”

This is particularly relevant just a few weeks after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stark warning on the consequences of carrying on burning fossil fuels as we are today. Peter Tinsley, DWT Living Seas manager said,“Globally we already have enough oil and gas to go way beyond the IPCC target – we don’t need to explore for more.”

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