Offshore Energy Is Good For Florida

The International Association of Geophysical Contractors posted the following article on its website:

“Voters, beware. Florida faces a tough election season this year, with a lengthy ballot and multiple key federal, state and local positions up for grabs. Floridians will be inundated with information over the next few months, and it’s up to us to discern fact from fiction. We should support candidates who have Florida’s best interest in mind and will deliver on policy promises once in office.

CEQ Extends NEPA Rules Comment Period

On June 20, 2018, the Council on Environmental Quality published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking titled‘‘Update to the Regulations for Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act.’’ The CEQ is extending the comment period on the ANPRM, which was scheduled to close on July 20, 2018,for 31 days until August 20, 2018. The CEQ is making this change in response to public requests for an extension of the comment period.

Comments should be submittedon or before August 20, 2018.

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Third JIP Program Review Meeting

The Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission described this JIP meeting as follows:

“The Joint Industry Programme on Sound and Marine Life is currently in its third research phase. In each phase, the JIP participants have sponsored a Programme review. The first review was held in Houston in 2008, the second in Washington DC in 2012. The third Programme Review meeting is to be held from 9th to 14th September 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This meeting is being held in cooperation with the conference on the Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine mammals (ESOMM) being organised by TNO.

“Seismic Surveys & Marine Mammals Joint IOGP/IAGC position paper”

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors have produced the following position paper:

“The oil and gas and geophysical industries are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner. This requires thorough attention to the potential impacts on the marine environment, including sounds generated by upstream activity.

This paper focuses on the sound introduced into the marine environment as a result of marine seismic surveys. It discusses potential interactions with marine life, how widely adopted mitigation measures can reduce impact to marine life and how research efforts contribute to improving understanding of effective techniques to avoid any potential negative effects of sound on marine life.”