The International Association of Geophysical Contractors posted the above-titled article on its website. This article reads in part as follows:
“The U.S. is falling behind in seismic information gathering, exploration activity and energy development due to unnecessary bureaucratic delays caused by the vague language and broken regulatory processes in the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). On the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf alone, current procedural requirements have led to 1,200 days of regulatory inaction, because it fails to hold the implementing agencies accountable.
The MMPA was created to protect marine mammals, but not to be used as a tool by anti-energy groups to prevent exploration activities.