Florida Vets4Energy co-chair criticizes proposed BOEM restrictions on seismic surveys

Florida Vets4Energy co-chair criticizes proposed BOEM restrictions on seismic surveys
Florida Vets4Energy co-chair criticizes proposed BOEM restrictions on seismic surveys | Courtesy of Shutterstock
Florida Vets4Energy Co-Chair Dennis Freytes recently penned an opinion piece for Florida Politics, criticizing the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Gulf of Mexico Geological and Geophysical Surveys.
 
“For more than 25 years, we have been sending our servicemen and servicewomen to the Middle East to engage in combat operations and security missions (costing us dearly in American lives) partly due to the free world’s dependence on the energy resources located there,” Freytes said. “It troubles me that we are putting lives at stake to secure this area because of our reliance on foreign oil and natural gas when we have untapped energy resources in our noble U.S.A.”
 
BOEM recently held a public hearing on its draft impact statement, which if finalized would place restrictions on the number of seismic surveys that could be performed in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
“Seismic surveys are a proven, environmentally sound technology,” Freytes said. “They are needed in the Gulf of Mexico to gather updated and more accurate information. The information we are working off now is more than 30 years old and wasn’t generated using the latest technology.”

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