Preserve Seeks Comments on Oil and Gas Seismic Survey Revised Environmental Assessment

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Date: March 25, 2016
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

The National Park Service is seeking public comment related to scientific or technical information that would aid in the agency reaching a decision on a revised Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Co. in Big Cypress National Preserve. This EA is a revision of the EA released by the NPS on November 29, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives:

Alternative 1 –No Action –Continue Current ManagementUnder alternative 1 no survey would be conducted.

Alternative 2 –Proposed Action –Seismic Survey Using Vibroseis BuggiesUnder alternative 2 a 110-square-mile area would be surveyed using special off-road vehicles with attached mobile plates which would be placed against the ground, vibrated, and then moved on to the next location. The vibrations, or seismic acoustical signals, would be detected by an array of receivers to allow mapping of the subsurface geology.

Alternative 3 –Seismic Survey Using Explosive Charges

Under alternative 3 the same 110-square-mile area would be surveyed, but the acoustic signals would be produced by underground explosive charges instead of Vibroseis buggies.

The EA is available by clicking here. Additional documents related to this proposed project is found here. You can provide comments online or by mail. Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Comments by mail may be sent to Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000.

Comments are requested byApril 9, 2016. Once the comment period concludes, we will consider all comments submitted in the development of the final EA.

If you have questions, please contact Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107,e-mail us.  

Last updated: April 4, 2016

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