Whale protection measure impacts GOM seismic work

New mitigation measures ordered by the US Minerals Management Service, effective Aug. 22, to protect sperm whales from underwater noise damaging to them will raise the cost of seismic exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.But it won't be nearly as costly as the original proposal contained in a biological opinion by the fisheries division of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that threatened to shut down seismic exploration at night and during other periods of limited visibility, said Gordon C. "Chip" Gill, president of the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, Houston.IAGC officials worked fast to soften the potential impact of new mitigation mea...

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