API angered by seismic survey rulingNews // August 9, 2017
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has issued the following statement expressing disappointment in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on seismic surveying in the Gulf of Mexico.
API previously joined the International Association of Geophysical Contractors, the National Ocean Industries Association, and the Offshore Operators Committee to submit detailed comments on BOEM’s Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.
The API says the final Programmatic EIS failed to take into account extensive industry mitigation efforts and use the best available scientific information in setting new operational measures.
"While we appreciate BOEM moving forward in this process, today’s decision is based on a flawed interpretation of scientific data," said Andy Radford, API Senior Offshore Policy Advisor.
“It also disregards the fact that the natural gas and oil industry has been conducting safe, effective seismic research in the Gulf of Mexico for decades with effective mitigation measures that provide strong protections to marine life. We urge BOEM to consider these important facts as this process continues."
API said seismic surveys "are a safe and proven technology that help make offshore energy development safer and more efficient."
it said: "Advances in seismic imaging technology and data processing over the last decade have dramatically improved the industry’s ability to locate oil and natural gas offshore.
"In addition to the oil and natural gas industry, seismic surveys are commonly used by the US Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, and the offshore wind industry.
"A rigorous permitting process ensures that seismic surveys are properly managed and conducted so they have minimal impact on the marine environment."