Attached are CRE’s proposed comments to MMS on its Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015 (DPP).
We call your particular attention to our conclusion that seismic operations have de minimis impact on marine mammals, see Section II , pg. 8 “ Oil and Gas Seismic Operations Do Not Affect Sperm Whale Foraging”
For those of you interested in the encroachment of marine protected areas on OCS development and our conclusions that the OCS Act trumps marine protected area concerns, please see Section I pg. 2, “Analysis of Environmental Impacts under the OCSLA; Interpretation of the “Avoid Harm” Provision of E.O. 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (“MPAs”).”
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The Implications of the NOAA National System of Marine Protected Areas on the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
CRE invites public comment on the following paper, attached hereto, which will provide one basis for CRE supplying comments to MMS on its five year OCS program.
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Please comment on the Attachment below: MMS Five Year Plan Conflict
The federal government routinely issues reports on a wide variety of issues. Federal agencies often request public comments on a draft report prior to issuing it in final form.
Why not allow the public to update the report on a 24/7 time schedule? The federal government would benefit from public comments on comments submitted on the draft report as well as having a data base for subsequent revisions of the report.