California Offshore Stimulation causes No Environmental Impact

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced on May 27 that after there is no significant impact to offshore stimulation. BOEM and BSEE conducted extensive environmental analysis and evaluation of well stimulation treatments on 23 oil and gas platforms off California on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf.  BOEM director, Abigail Ross Hopper said, “The comprehensive analysis shows that these practices, conducted according to permit requirements, have minimal impact.” A number of categories of treatments were evaluated including hydraulic fracturing and discharge of produced water for impact to water quality. The president of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), Randall Luthi said, “Today’s final EA report by BOEM and BSEE reaffirms what our industry already knows: there are no significant environmental impacts from offshore fracking.”