The International Association of Geophysical contractors recently posted the above-titled article by Robert W. Chase on one of IAGC’s websites. This article begins as follows:
“If you care about our nation’s economy and jobs, now is not the time to oppose seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Yet that is precisely what several East Coast governors have done in an effort to block oil and natural gas exploration and production on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
Those who disparage seismic testing ignore that it has been used for many years — principally in the Gulf of Mexico but also in the Atlantic — to determine the location and size of oil and gas resources. Seismic testing is the process of sending sound into the water to generate an image of what is below the ocean floor. Sound waves are bounced off subsea rock formations, and the waves that reflect back to the surface are captured by recording sensors. Analyzing the time that waves take to return provides valuable data about rock types and possible oil and gas deposits. Seismic testing is similar to the use of ultrasound in medicine.”
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