Today, June 20, NOAA is holding a hearing on its work on an envronmental anlysis of the geophysical and geological activities in the Gulf of Mexico.
CRE will be making an oral presentation at the hearing and will be summarizing the comments of other participants on this IPD.
Presiding Federal Officials
Jim Bennett BOEM
Jill Lewandowski BOEM
Ben Laws NMFS
The following are CRE’s view of some of the pertinent statements by those making presentations at the hearing:
“If the delisting of sperm whales is not on your agenda, it should be.”
“The International Union for Conservation of Nature explains with regard to sperm whales:
“The cause of the population reduction in the species (commercial whaling) is reversible, understood, and is not currently in operation….A peer-reviewed publication (Whitehead 2002) provides a model-based estimate of global trend that can be used to evaluate the population. the results suggest little chance that the population would meet the criteria for Endangered or for Least Concern”.
The industry has a very comprehensive program to protect marine mammals.
Numerous studies have concluded that seismic operations have not had adverse impacts on marine mammals.
Air guns harm marine mammals.
Air guns leave massive acoustic footprints.
Air guns should be phased out.
Marine Virbroseis is a technology that should be utilized.
All seismic operations are science based.
BOEM exaggerates the number of takes.
BOEM is not using the best available science.