Undersea Oil Exploration Blasts In Gulf Draw Federal Scrutiny

Law360, New York (May 10, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is launching a full-scale environmental investigation examining the impact of underwater blasts set off in the Gulf of Mexico to detect energy resources beneath the sea floor, the agency said Friday.

The geological and geophysical activities, which include underwater sound explosions known as seismic surveys, will be subject to a programmatic environmental impact statement that will influence future drilling permitting decisions in the region.

Environmental groups including the Center For Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council have criticized...
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