Carolinas clear first federal proposals for oil surveys

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By BRUCE SMITH
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) – State regulators in both Carolinas have signed off on proposals by companies to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off coast, subject to some conditions.

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control last Friday certified a proposal by Spectrum GEO. Earlier the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources certified plans for surveying for both Spectrum and GX Technology.

The companies have applied to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for permits to use seismic air guns to survey for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast.

While state waters extend only 3 miles offshore and the testing will be done in federal waters much farther offshore, each state was allowed to review whether the testing is consistent with state coastal programs.

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