Government files Motion for Summary Judgment in GOM Oil and Gas Leasing Case

Environmental group are suing BOEM in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on various grounds relating to BOEM’s oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Government has moved for summary judgment in the case.  The Government’s motion argues that

 In holding Lease Sale 216/222, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) complied with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). BOEM engaged in multiple environmental reviews, analyzed extensive scientific information from a multitude of sources, and cogently summarized relevant information, as well as information gaps, for the decision maker and public in advance of the decision to hold the sale.”

Court Denies BOEM’s Motion to Transfer GOM Case

Environmental group are suing BOEM in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on various grounds relating to BOEM’s oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Government filed a motion to transfer the case to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.  The Government argued that this transfer would “promote the interests of justice.”  The DC Court denied the motion.

Click here to read court’s order.








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A CRE Reader States to the Press: Please get your facts right and stop peddling misinformation and lies in pursuit of ulterior motives!

CRE’s long standing policy is make all our posts available for public comment. We received a number of informed comments on our request for the Business Insider to retract its statement on seismic operations.

 One of our readers  wrote:

 Repeating the highly emotive and sensational misinformation and lies being promulgated by environmental organizations like Oceana (which must be the source for the misinformation and lies included in the animation in the Business Insider article given the use of the “100,000 times” claim) is very lazy and misleading journalism. There are many facts that clearly demonstrate that lies and misinformation are being “fed” to an unsuspecting public, presumably in the push for circulation in the case of the media and, it the case of the environmental organizations like Oceana, the funding dollars!

Please Report Misstatements by the Press on Seismic Operations to CRE


  —   In the preceding post CRE identified a misstatement in the Business Insider regarding their reporting on seismic operations.

  —   The response to making the post was overwhelming, nearly a record number of visits to the Interactive Public Docket  notwithstanding the fact that the post was made  late on Friday and at the end of August.

 Reporting A Misstatement

 —    CRE recommends that its many readers notify CRE regarding misstatements made by the press regarding seismic operations.

 —   The notifications can be made using any one of three mechanisms on this Interactive Public Docket:

Business Insider Should Retract Its Factually Incorrect Article About Seismic


 Business Insider recently posted an article entitled “Here’s How The Seismic Airgun Testing For Oil Reserves Along The Atlantic Coast May Deafen Thousands Of Whales

This article is factually incorrect. Seismic airguns do not deafen thousands of whales.  They do not deafen any whales. In fact, seismic airguns do not injure whales or any other marine mammals—in the Atlantic or any other body of water.

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BOEM Is Preparing Supplemental EIS for Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for proposed Central Planning Area Lease Sales 235, 241 and 247 in the Gulf of Mexico. Proposed Lease Sale 235 is the next proposed lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico’s CPA off the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The Supplemental EIS will update the environmental and socioeconomic analyses in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2012-2017; Western Planning Area Lease Sales 229, 233, 238, 246, and 248; Central Planning Area Lease Sales 227, 231, 235, 241, and 247, Final Environmental Impact Statement (OCS EIS/EA BOEM 2012-019) (WPA/CPA Multisale EIS) and in the Gulf of Mexico OCS Oil and Gas Lease Sales: 2013-2014; Western Planning Area Lease Sale 233; Central Planning Area Lease Sale 231, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (OCS EIS/EA BOEM 2013-0118) (WPA 233/CPA 231 Supplemental EIS). The WPA/CPA Multisale EIS was completed in July 2012. The WPA 233/CPA 231 Supplemental EIS was completed in April 2013.

Washington Post: Noise from seismic air guns could be skirmish before war over offshore drilling

Editor’s Note:  The public is invited to read the state of science  on offshore drilling and offer their comments in this forum. Upon reading the aforementioned paper one can easily conclude that  assertions made with respect to the injurious impacts of seismic operations are not based on science.

Washington  Post

TGS’ Seismic Survey Uses 160/180 dB and PAM in Chukchi

TGS plans to conduct a two-dimensional (2D) marine seismic survey in the Chukchi Sea during the 2013 open-water season using a 3,280 cubic inches (in3) towed airgun array.  TGS has submitted a marine mammal monitoring and mitigation plan to the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to supplement TGS’s Incidental Harassment Authorization and Letter of Authorization applications for the incidental taking of marine mammals in conjunction with this 2D seismic program.

TGS’ plan continues to use the historical acoustic criteria of 160 and 180 dB.  TSG’s plan also incorporates passive acoustic monitoring.

Click here to read TGS’s monitoring and mitigation plan.

NMFS Issues IHA to Shell for Seismic in the Chukchi

NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization to Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc., to take, by harassment, small numbers of 13 species of marine mammals incidental to a marine survey program in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska, during the 2013 Arctic open-water season. This IHA is issued pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and it is effective July 1, 2013, through October 31, 2013. This IHA continues to use the historical acoustic criteria (e.g., 160 and 180 dB). The Federal Register notice of this IHA includes NMFS’ responses to largely negative comments by the Marine Mammal Commission and various environmental groups.