Surveying the Atlantic

03/10/2014
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has described conditions under which it might consider allowing geologic and geophysical studies off the eastern US south of New Jersey. Splendid. But consideration of G&G surveys doesn't herald oil and gas leasing of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf with any more certainty than 2D seismic data acquired in the 1980s describes the resource potential of a sparsely drilled ocean. The BOEM on Feb. 27 published a "programmatic environmental impact statement" (PEIS) indentifying preferred ways of mitigating the effects of G&G activities on sea animals. Rather than approving those activities, BOEM said, the document "establishes...
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