API-IAGC Letter to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management re ITR Status Update
API-IAGC Letter to Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regarding Request for Status Report on Incidental Take Regulations Governing Geophysical Surveys in the Gulf of Mexico.
We write on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute (“API”) and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors (“IAGC”) (together, the “Associations”) requesting information on the status, issues, and outlook of work by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (“BOEM”) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) (together, the “Agencies”) on Marine Mammal Protection Act (“MMPA”) incidental take regulations (“ITRs”) governing geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. We also write to express our concern about ongoing delays with respect to the Agencies’ work on these ITRs and the potential effect of those delays on overall progress toward the issuance of the regulations and compliance with the schedule described in the NRDC v. Jewell settlement agreement. As trade associations representing the entities that must obtain authorizations under these ITRs, we have a significant interest in ensuring that the regulations are finalized in a lawful and timely fashion.
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