Stakeholders spar over new US offshore drilling, 20 Aug 2014 14:49

Energy companies and environmental groups squared off in public comments to the US Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) over whether the agency should allow oil and gas drilling in new offshore areas, reports Argus. BOEM accepted public comment through 15 August on its upcoming 2017-2022 Offshore Leasing Plan, which lays out what US areas will be open for oil and gas leases. Particular attention has been paid to the Atlantic outer continental shelf, where BOEM last month completed an environmental review allowing seismic testing in the area. The new seismic testing, expected to begin early next year, will be the first in the Atlantic since the early 1980s.


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