ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION-1: Monitoring, analysis show rapid Gulf of Mexico seafloor recovery

01/01/2007
Hard-live bottom areas affected by the 2001 construction of Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC’s 36-in., 419-mile offshore pipeline between Mobile Bay, Ala. and Tampa Bay, Fla. have largely recovered, in the face of permitting expectations that this process would take roughly 100 years.The term “hard-live bottom” refers to seafloor that is both hard (as opposed to such other possibilities as sandy, silty, etc.) and life-sustaining. Community structure does not appear to be significantly different between reference and affected areas. Visible disturbance also appears to be minimal as compared to predicted effects.BackgroundHard-live bottom makes up the most significant and...
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