Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Hearing focuses on the environmental aspects of drilling

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

At the hearing Tuesday, Carole Allen offers one three-part plan for the protection of marine animals in the Gulf.

A public hearing, Tuesday on environmental concerns for drilling in Western and Central Europe Golf Mexico a forum to debate domestic exploration policy turned into.Andy Radford, senior consultant for the American Petroleum Institute, said a Federal Panel meeting in Houston, oil and natural gas producers are "very disappointed" with the Administration's refusal, the eastern Gulf and the southern and Middle Atlantic regions in upcoming environmental impact studies include.Without such studies not Government tracts in these sheltered waters can out for bid during the next five years lease period, the put 2012 begins. Areas off limits for years have been, even as the boomed exploration and production in the Central and Western Gulf.President Barack Obama said early last year, which would at least consider management open areas for exploration, but the golf of Mexico oil spill that started April revaluation of all offshore drilling plans forced. In December, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced expansion of holes to keep is to strengthen as regulators of on security requirements.Radford and others urged the Government at least, the environmental impact studies, conduct, which would oblige it to offer leases in new areas. She will be warned that delay risk and said U.S. energy demand will continue to grow with or without more domestic offshore production. See their arguments: Technological advances of in recent years, new discoveries in restricted areas could pay with safe.Higher energy costs due to supply shortages the economy threaten, while potential royalties from new drilling could give a boost to local, State and federal governments.The potential danger of the import oil Aboardsupertankers rivals the ecological threat by offshore exploration and production accidents. the hearings in Houston and Otherselsewhere this week to solicit public input on which environmental factors in the impact assessments before the next round of leases should be taken into account.Carole Allen, Director who golf the sea turtle restoration project of Texas and California a three-part strategy recommended to protect the underwater world: to assess all new and existing rigs in the light of spill experience during the last year and its cleanup.Denyleases in sea turtle nesting grounds, feeding areas and migration routes and phase out that currently make in sensitive areas.Oil and natural gas companies, monitoring for the turtles to increase and funds require further study as marine life can be helped.Marc Lawrence, a Manager with global geophysical services in Missouri city, asked the Panel to sound environmental science leave, the company more seismic tests perform would allow.He compared it with ultrasound on the people and said it could be to identify and clarify "Problems" out there with the Earth and maybe even prevent that future rig disasters. "We believe that we are part of the solution," he said.And he added "We love these turtles than does as well as Carole." ronnie.crocker@chron.com

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