Whale of a seismic tale

07/11/2011
Sam FletcherSenior WriterThe US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement last month asked the National Marine Fisheries Service for yet another study to see if airguns used in underwater seismic surveys could damage the hearing or otherwise harm or harass whales and dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. One would think seismic surveys have diminished with BOEMRE still sitting like a mother hen on a pile of drilling permits for the gulf.As a result, in a recent survey by the Fraser Institute, the US portion of the gulf plummeted from 11th place in 2010 to the 60th spot in a list of the best places in the world for oil and gas investment. It marked one of the biggest drops i...
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