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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is deregulating ocean floor exploration. Such activity, which involves producing loud sounds from the underside of boats and from towed devices, are expected to cause disturbance and harm to marine life, especially marine mammals.
March 31, 2023

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, on the suggestion of wind-turbine power plant developers is proposing to deregulate use of equipment to conduct ocean exploration. Neither an ocean lease, nor a temporary ocean lease will be required for such activity if BOEM deregulates.

Use of such equipment has never been tested in any controlled experiment for harm it may cause to marine life.

The deregulation, which was requested by the commercial energy interests for cost savings, will likely result in a proliferation of private companies engaging in such activity and reduction in liability for the power plant developers who, rather than commission such work for development of their ocean leases, become mere purchasers of data offered for sale.



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