“AOP 2019”

Editor’s note:  The International Association of Geophysical Contractors posted the above-titled notice on an IAGC website. The notice reads as follows:

“Wednesday, October 09, 2019 8:00 AM – Friday, October 11, 2019 6:00 PM

Cape Town, South Africa

Africa Oil & Power (AOP) is Africa’s Energy Conference. Now the official conference of the Department of Energy (DoE) of South Africa, AOP will be held this year at the CTICC 1 in Cape Town on October 9-11, 2019. Join Africa’s oil, gas and power leaders for the year’s premier energy event.




Comment on Navy MMPA Authorizations for Northwest Training and Testing Study Area

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published notice that NMFS has NMFS received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals

incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Northwest Training and Testing Study Area for a period of seven years, from November, 2020 through November, 2027.  The NWTT Study Area is composed of established maritime operating and warning areas in the eastern North Pacific Ocean region, including areas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and Western Behm Canal in southeastern Alaska.

NOAA/NMFS’ Proposed GOM Take Rules Do Not Comply with OMB’s Memorandum Implementing the IQA

The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness prepared and sent to NOAA/NMFS a Supplement to CRE’s previously filed Information Quality Act (“IQA”) Alert on NOAA/NMFS’ proposed Gulf of Mexico Take Rules for oil and gas exploration.  CRE’s Supplement is entitled


CRE’s Alert Supplement included the following summary (footnotes omitted):

NMFS Issues Regulations Authorizing Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to  Oil and Gas Activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, upon request from Hilcorp Alaska LLC has issued hereby regulations governing the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, over the course of five years (2019-2024). These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.