In response to the Oct. 25 Kyle Horton Point of View “ ‘First, do no harm’ with seismic blasting”: I am an oil gas exploration geologist and manager with 35 years of experience.
“First do no harm” is always the top priority for oil and gas executives, operations managers and field engineers. Safety is absolutely paramount.
I am sorry for Horton’s extended family loss on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. It is a loss for all of us in this business.
Millions of miles of marine seismic data have been acquired throughout the world. Marine seismic acquisition has recently occurred in the northern Atlantic from Nova Scotia to Greenland. Seismic programs in the southern Gulf of Mexico, eastern and western south Atlantic and the Mediterranean have recently been shot, with more ongoing and in the planning stages.
Trained marine biologists on the acquisition ships are in place to monitor marine mammal activity and adjust the program as needed. Marine mammals continue to thrive in these environments regardless of the talking points.
From the Mediterranean Sea to California, tourism and oil and gas coexist. It’s a fact. Much like cat scans and X-rays Horton may use to learn about his patients, seismic data leads to new models on ocean basin formation, marine sedimentation, earthquake and volcanic processes; in other words, understanding our world.
Exploration Manager, Cabot Oil and Gas Corp.