Details for State Accepting Public Comment on
State Accepting Public Comment on Offshore Seismic Testing Proposal The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is accepting public comment on a consistency submission request from a company proposing seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean related to oil and gas resource development off the North Carolina coast. A public hearing on the request will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 20, 2019 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St., Morehead City. Written comments will be accepted until noon June 7, 2019 and should be mailed to DCM Comments, c/o Daniel Govoni, 400 Commerce Avenue, Morehead City, NC 28557 or emailed to DCMComments@ncdenr.gov. WesternGeco proposes conducting a Marine Geophysical Survey via 2D seismic testing off the North Carolina coast to gather geological and geophysical data that could provide information about the feasibility of future development of offshore oil and gas resources. The survey would involve a vessel towing seismic airgun arrays. Documents pertaining to the proposed project are available on online at https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/coastal-management/coastal-management-permits/federal-consistency/national-oil-and#seismic-surveys. The survey would take place entirely in federal waters, adjacent to North Carolina’s coastal zone. State law does not require coastal development permits for projects outside of the state waters, but the federal Coastal Zone Management Act requires federal applicants to coordinate with the state for any proposed activity that affects land use, water use or any natural resource within the coastal zone.