NOIA urges swift Atlantic seismic survey permitsNews // July 30, 2014
Jeff Vorberger, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs at the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), recently issued the following statement regarding the Interior Department’s Record of Decision (ROD) for the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on Atlantic Seismic permitting:
“Our nation is currently evaluating the oil and natural gas resource potential of our Atlantic waters based upon nearly 40-year-old data.
"Meanwhile, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago amongst others are aggressively expanding their Atlantic offshore programmes based on modern seismic surveys.
"To take full advantage of the current American energy renaissance, and prevent the exodus of offshore jobs, revenue and technology to other nations, the US needs to be on a level playing field with the rest of the world.
“While NOIA welcomes this decision to finally move forward on new Atlantic seismic data collection, we remain concerned this process will be hindered by unnecessary hurdles lacking scientific justification.
"Permits should be issued swiftly while relying upon sound scientific evidence. 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 activities.
"Our member companies are eager to use this same scientifically guided process to fully realize the Atlantic’s remarkable potential for job creation, US energy security, domestic investment and deficit reduction."