Greenpeace: U.S. bowed to pressure over Atlantic energy work

7 Jul 2017   Offshore, USA

A U.S. decision to extend the comment period for work tied to oil and gas development in the Atlantic was a response to public outrage, Greenpeace said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a notice in the Federal Register stating that the public comment period for “five proposed incidental harassment authorizations” for seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean were extended by 15 days to July 21. The notice said the extension was granted because of multiple requests. Mary Sweeters, a U.S. campaigner for Greenpeace, said seismic surveys used to get a better understanding of the oil and gas reserve potential threaten the marine ecosystem and the economies of Atlantic coastal states, many of which rely on tourism […]

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