The blue area off the Atlantic Coast is the region WesternGeco is proposing seismic surveys to search for oil and natural gas deposits. (WesternGeco graphic)

NC - State officials consider appeal of BOEM decision to allow seismic survey

RALEIGH — State officials are looking into appealing to a federal court the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision to allow seismic surveying off the North Carolina coast.

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced June 15 that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has overridden department officials’ Coastal Zone Management Act consistency objection to a proposal from surveying company WesternGeco to conduct seismic surveys off the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Delaware.

DEQ’s Division of Coastal Management public information officer Christy Simmons said as of Wednesday, the DCM is reviewing state officials’ option to appeal Mr. Ross’ decision to the federal courts.

“This proposed seismic testing for oil and gas exploration has no place off our coast,” DEQ Secretary Michael Regan stated in a June 15 press release. “Our coastal resources are too precious to risk from these proposed activities. We stand with all of the coastal communities who have made their opposition to the proposed seismic testing and offshore oil and gas clear.”

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