BOEM Issues Atlantic Seismic Decision

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently announced its issuance of a Record of Decision that will provide a framework under which it will consider permit applications or other proposed authorizations for geological and geophysical activities throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic Planning Areas.

Mitigation measures include vessel strike avoidance measures, special closure areas to protect North Atlantic Right Whales, geographic separation of simultaneous seismic airgun surveys, and Passive Acoustic Monitoring.