Today when operating in the marine environment, the E&P industry faces one of its biggest external challenges, a challenge that represents a threat to the one interest we all have in common: the ability to acquire geophysical data. This challenge is how our industry, both E&P and geophysical companies, will address increasing public concern over the effects of our data acquisition operations on marine life—and on marine mammals in particular. This concern is leading to more onerous, costly, and restrictive regulations of geophysical operations—regulations intended to mitigate the suspected negative effects on marine life. Permanent restrictions are being considered for...

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