Fundamental Role of Safe Seismic Surveying in OCS Energy Exploration and Development: Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 14, 2015 [open pdf - 2MB]
Alternate Title: Fundamental Role of Safe Seismic Surveying in the Outer Continental Shelf Energy Exploration and Development: Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 14, 2015
This is a testimony compilation of the July 14, 2015 hearing "Fundamental Role of Safe Seismic Surveying in OCS [Outer Continental Shelf] Energy Exploration and Development" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the testimony of Dr. Robert Gisiner: "I will start by stating categorically and confidently that there is at present no scientific support for statements that seismic sound kills or injures animals, causes them to beach themselves or disrupts their behavior to the extent that it affects the health and well-being of the individuals or the populations of which they are a part. This does not mean that we will not continue to actively search for possible undetected risks through our support of independent, third-party research, or that we will reduce our diligence in monitoring, mitigation and documentation of our activities and their environmental effects. It does mean that speculations of what could, might, or may potentially occur will be subjected to the same high standards of scientific verification and validation that would be expected of our own industry-funded research. […] Current claims that seismic sound kills, injures or causes the beaching of marine mammals, fish or other species are speculation and are not supported by the available scientific evidence. Recent research has in fact shown that the sound exposure threshold at which some small hearing loss might occur would be greater than 210 decibels of total energy (SEL). That is equivalent to the cumulative sound energy from ten consecutive seismic air pulses at a distance of less than 100 yards from even the largest arrays." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert Gisiner, Abigail Ross Hopper, Richie Miller, Douglas P. Nowacek, and Jim White.
U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources: http://naturalresources.house.gov/