A ship trails an array of seismic air guns. Photo: Ocean Conservation Research

NC - Objection to Seismic Survey Overridden

North Carolina’s objection to WesternGeco’s proposed Bureau of Ocean Energy Management permit to conduct a geological and geophysical seismic survey for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has been overridden.

The decision signed by U.S. Under Secretary Of Commerce For Oceans And Atmosphere Neil Jacobs was announced Monday.

The state Department of Environmental Quality voiced Monday its disappointment with the decision to override North Carolina’s Coastal Zone Management Act consistency objection to WesternGeco’s proposal to conduct geological and geophysical, or seismic, surveys off the North Carolina coast.

WesternGeco appealed North Carolina’s finding last year that its proposed survey was inconsistent with state enforceable policies because of adverse effects to recreational and commercial fisheries. The decision to override the state’s objection to the proposed survey was announced Monday.

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