US Settles Enviro Suit Over Gulf Seismic Survey Policy

Law360, New York (June 21, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government settled a Louisiana suit brought by conservation groups over the use of high-decibel seismic surveys for in oil and gas exploration on Thursday, agreeing to institute new protections to safeguard whales and other sea life endangered by the practice.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it will conduct a programmatic environmental review of the practice and, in the meantime, will implement a number of protective measures that include new permit requirements to prevent unnecessary seismic surveys, mandatory minimum separation distances between surveys...
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