“Interior: Nine seismic testing permits in process”

The International Association of Geophysical Contractors Posted the above-titled article By The Brunswick News on one of IAGC’s websites. This article reads as follows:

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee that the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management remains working on seismic airgun testing permits — a key prerequisite to offshore oil and gas drilling — while issues regarding the legality of the Trump administration’s offshore leasing plan work their way through the federal court system.

Read more – https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/interior-nine-seismic-testing-permits-in-process/article_48ef9085-261c-5224-9339-c741f3754120.html

 

BOEM Tells Court Arctic Leasing Decision Does Not Affect Seismic Permitting or BOEM’s Seismic IHA authority

Various parties are challenging NOAA/NMFS issuance of Incidental Take Authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for oil and gas seismic exploration in the Atlantic Ocean.  This litigation is filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

In a separate case, League of Conservation Voters v. Trump, Case No. 3:17-cv-00101 (D. Alaska), the Alaska Court held that President Trump had no authority to modify President Obama’s prior leasing withdrawals under OCSLA. These Obama leasing withdrawals affected the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

The South Carolina seismic litigation Court asked the Government to explain whether the Alaska leasing litigation court’s decision affected the seismic litigation.

Attend MMC Science Advisors Meeting

The Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, 21 May 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m; Wednesday, 22 May 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m; Thursday, 23 May 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Commission and the Committee also will meet in executive session on Thursday, 23 May 2019, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

These meetings will be held at the Keauhou Ballroom, Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keahou Bay, 78-128 Ehukai Street, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Comment on NMFS’ Proposed Extension of NAVY IHA Expiration Date

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service received a request from the U.S. Navy to extend the expiration date from December 2023 to December 2025 for Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations authorizing the take of marine mammals incidental to Navy training and testing activities conducted in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Study Area. In August 2018, the MMPA was amended by the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 to allow for seven-year authorizations for military readiness activities, as compared to the previously allowed five years. The Navy’s activities qualify as military readiness activities pursuant to the MMPA as amended by the NDAA for FiscalYear 2004.

“Canada introduces sweeping bans on oil and gas activity in protected marine areas”

Global News posted the above titled article, which reads in part as follows:

“Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson unveiled new standards for marine protected areas in Canada on Thursday, fully prohibiting oil-and-gas activity, as well as mining, waste-dumping and bottom-trawling.

The change implements recommendations made to the government last year by an advisory panel, and brings Canada up to international standards set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.”

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“UK regulator authorises deployment of marine mammal monitoring system for seismic survey”

Oilfield Technology posted the above titled article, which reads as follows:

“Sercel has announced that deployment of its QuietSeaTM Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) system has been extended to the UK, following approval by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) of its use for a seismic survey operated by CGG in waters off the Shetland Islands.

National Inventory of Marine Mammals Comment Period Extended

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has extended the public comment period for commenting on proposed policies and procedures for administration of the National Inventory of Marine Mammals. Comments must now be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on or before July 31, 2019.

On February 15, 2019, NMFS published notice (84 FR 4443) requesting public comment on proposed policies and procedures for the administration and maintenance of the online inventory database, NIMM, including maintenance of historical information, reporting births and stillbirths, reporting cause of death, and other marine mammal information.

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“Motion for release of documents related to seismic testing near Newcastle defeated in Senate”

The International Association of Geophysical contractors posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows: “A call for documents to be released related to the plan for seismic testing off the coast of Newcastle has been rejected in the Senate. The Greens made the move in Canberra on budget day, raising a motion in the upper house to have all correspondence, advice and briefing notes to and from the resources minister, environment minister and National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority regarding Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 tabled by April 15. Read more- https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5994484/greens-bid-for-seismic-documents-rejected-in-the-senate/

National Inventory of Marine Mammals Comment Period Extended

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has extended the public comment period for commenting on proposed policies and procedures for administration of the National Inventory of Marine Mammals. Comments must now be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on or before July 31, 2019.

On February 15, 2019, NMFS published notice (84 FR 4443) requesting public comment on proposed policies and procedures for the administration and maintenance of the online inventory database, NIMM, including maintenance of historical information, reporting births and stillbirths, reporting cause of death, and other marine mammal information.

Click here for more information and relevant links.

NMFS Lists GOM Bryde’s Whale as Endangered under the ESA

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a final rule listing the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. NMFS’ notice of this listing states that it has