API-IAGC Letter to National Marine Fisheries Service regarding Applicant Status
API-IAGC Letter to National Marine Fisheries Service regarding Applicant Status for ESA Section 7 Consultation for 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”) regarding the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) Section 7 consultation for incidental take regulations governing geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. Specifically, as set forth below, the Associations are “applicants” for this consultation and, accordingly, we would appreciate, and hereby formally request, written confirmation of the Associations’ applicant status. We intend for the Associations’ participation as applicants to constructively inform the Section 7 process and ultimately contribute to a biological opinion that materially benefits from input by the operators who will actually obtain the authorizations and carry out the associated activities pursuant to terms and conditions that are evaluated in the consultation. Thank you for your attention to the points addressed in this letter, and we look forward to discussing next steps very soon.
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