For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Contact: Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463 or (703) 732-0801, firstname.lastname@example.org
NOIA Comments on Atlantic Seismic Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Washington, D.C. – Jeff Vorberger, Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs at the National Ocean Industries Association, today issued the following statement regarding the Interior Department’s Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Seismic permitting:
“The completion of the PEIS is an important step in the determination of whether to open up new areas of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and natural gas exploration. It is a vital link in a lengthy review and permitting process.
“While we are still reviewing the document to ensure it provides a practical framework by which Atlantic seismic permitting may move forward, NOIA applauds the Department of the Interior for reaching this milestone. For decades in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world, seismic surveys have been a tried and true method for making informed, environmentally sound decisions with regard to oil and gas leasing. The PEIS appears to move us closer to using this same scientifically guided process in the Atlantic, and eventually realizing its remarkable potential for job creation, U.S. energy security, domestic investment and deficit reduction. ”
NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf. NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises about 300 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy.