SC veteran leader challenges Post & Courier coverage of offshore energy issues

vets 4 energyPalmetto Business Daily | April 25, 2016

South Carolina resident William L. Schachte, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, is passionate about energy issues.

As the volunteer chair of South Carolina Vets4Energy, he also works with fellow Palmetto State veterans to advocate for policies that increase America's energy independence. In that regard, he's been critical of coverage given to energy issues — specifically offshore energy development — in the Charleston Post & Courier.

Earlier this month, Schachte penned a letter to the editor in the paper, taking issue with a recent report about seismic testing and its supposed impact on marine life.

“That’s not what the experts say,” Schachte wrote. “According to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, there is ‘no documented scientific evidence of noise from seismic activities adversely affecting marine animal populations.’ ”

According to Schachte, there have been no studies showing that such seismic testing — the technology used to determine if and how much oil and natural gas exists offshore — negatively impacts marine life. He points to a 2014 publication by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

"There has been no documented scientific evidence of noise from air guns used in geological and geophysical (G&G) seismic activities adversely affecting marine animal populations or coastal communities," wrote the BOEM's chief environmental officer, William Y. Brown, in the August 22, 2014 "Science Note" referenced by Schachte.

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