OMB Still Reviewing NOAA/NMFS’ Proposed Rules for Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. National Marine Service is developing these rules in response to an October 17, 2016, petition from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, to promulgate regulations governing the authorization of take of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas industry geophysical surveys conducted in support of hydrocarbon exploration and development on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico from approximately 2018 through 2023.

As of May 23, 2018, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget is still reviewing these proposed rules under Executive Order 12866.

Click here for OMB’s review website.

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