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1/9/2019 Member News
Needed — Oil and Gas Atlantic Seismic Surveys

Needed - Oil and Gas Atlantic Seismic Surverys

By J. Winston Porter

There is no credible way to address offshore drilling in the Atlantic without conducting seismic tests to see how much oil and natural gas lie beneath the Outer Continental Shelf. That is why the National Marine Fisheries Service has approved a plan to map the ocean floor off the coast, from Delaware to Florida.

Geologic studies over the years show that the Atlantic Continental Shelf offers real promise. For the Atlantic OCS, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimates that up to 9.2 billion barrels of oil and 67.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas could be recovered from federal waters using available technology. The potential oil resources are larger than those of Canada and Australia combined.

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