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.

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