US Says Offshore Fracturing Has Minimal Effect on Environment
The Obama administration has made a decision according to which well-stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in oil and gas activities offshore California pose no significant effect to the environment.
The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said the decision was made after they completed a comprehensive environmental analysis evaluating the potential effects from the use of well-stimulation treatments on the 23 oil and gas platforms currently in operation on the Outer Continental Shelf offshore California.
“The comprehensive analysis shows that these practices, conducted according to permit requirements, have minimal impact,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper. “As always, coordination with other key agencies, and input from the public and nongovernmental organizations,were vitally important as we developed this assessment.”
The announcement from BOEM and the BSEE ends a court-ordered settlement that placed a moratorium on offshore fracturing and acidizing in federal waters off California.