Oil industry to pare Gulf seismic surveys

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The oil and gas industry will take new steps to protect dolphins, whales and other marine life while conducting geological research in the Gulf of Mexico, under a legal settlement with environmentalists.

The pact, signed Thursday but still requiring approval by a federal  court, ends a 3-year-old challenge to the Interior Department’s oversight of the seismic testing used to help pinpoint possible pockets of oil and gas deep below the sea floor. Conservationists filed a lawsuit in 2010 alleging that Interior violated federal laws by failing to do a sufficiently thorough analysis of how the seismic studies could affect marine life in the region.