NOIA comments on Atlantic seismic environmental impact statementNews // March 19, 2014
Jeff Vorberger, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs at the National Ocean Industries Association, recently issued the following statement regarding the Interior Department’s Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Seismic permitting:
“The completion of the PEIS is an important step in the determination of whether to open up new areas of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and natural gas exploration. It is a vital link in a lengthy review and permitting process.
“While we are still reviewing the document to ensure it provides a practical framework by which Atlantic seismic permitting may move forward, NOIA applauds the Department of the Interior for reaching this milestone.
"For decades in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world, seismic surveys have been a tried and true method for making informed, environmentally sound decisions with regard to oil and gas leasing.
"The PEIS appears to move us closer to using this same scientifically guided process in the Atlantic, and eventually realizing its remarkable potential for job creation, US energy security, domestic investment and deficit reduction.”