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BOEM revisits Atlantic survey bids

Permit applications for seismic work off US east coast to be re-evaluated

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The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is to re-evaluate permit applications from six companies for seismic surveys off the US Atlantic coast to determine whether offshore structures, such as wind turbines, could be built.

The move to re-evaluate, which the Department of Interior (DoI) said is in accordance with Secretarial Order 3350 implementing President Donald Trump’s America-first offshore energy strategy, reverses a decision by the previous administration ordering BOEM to deny the permits.

The DoI, which BOEM is part of, said the denial had underestimated the benefits of obtaining updated geological and geophysical information and ignored the conclusions of an environmental impact statement that showed that “no significant impacts are expected to occur as a result of these seismic surveys”.

It added that the last geological and geophysical seismic data for the mid- and south- Atlantic outer continental shelf were gathered more than 30 years ago when technology was not as advanced as today.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said: “Seismic surveying helps a variety of federal and state partners better understand our nation’s offshore areas, including locating offshore hazards, siting of wind turbines, as well as offshore energy development.”

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