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42 st / February 2017 www.sea-technology.com NPS Releases Climate Change Strategy to Protect Cultural Resources The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) released its Cul- tural Resources Climate Change Strategy (CRCC Strategy), a landmark statement for the NPS. "Climate change is the biggest challenge the National Park Service has ever faced," said National Park Service Acting Director Michael Reynolds. Rising sea levels, storm surge, changing precipitation patterns and Arctic snow and ice melt are among the cli- mate change challenges affecting U.S. cultural resources. "Once lost, they are lost forever," said Reynolds. The CRCC Strategy's goals are: to connect impacts and information (assess climate change effects and communi- cate the stories); understand the scope of climate change; integrate data into practice; and learn and share to preserve human heritage. BOEM Denies Six G&G Permits For Atlantic Seismic Surveys The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) denied six geophysical and geological (G&G) permit appli- cations to conduct airgun seismic surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas of the Atlantic Ocean, citing a diminished need for additional seismic survey informa- tion because the Atlantic Program Area has been removed from the 2017 to 2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. The value of the surveys does not out- weigh the potential risks of the acoustic pulse impacts on marine life, BOEM concluded. ST FERC EIS on Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the projects proposed by Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC, Do- minion Transmission Inc. (DTI) and Atlantic and Piedmont Natural Gas. Co. Inc. Atlantic seeks a certificate from FERC to construct, op- erate and maintain the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) to deliver up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natu- ral gas to customers in Virginia and North Carolina. DTI seeks a certificate from FERC for its proposed Sup- ply Header Project (SHP). DTI is also requesting authoriza- tion to abandon in place two existing gathering compressor units. The SHP will provide customers access to the Dominion South Point hub in Pennsylvania along with other intercon- necting natural gas suppliers. Atlantic and Piedmont seek a certificate to lease capac- ity on Piedmont's existing pipeline distribution system as part of their proposal to provide service to North Carolina markets using additional transportation capacity on the Piedmont system. The FERC staff concludes that construction and opera- tion of ACP and SHP would result in temporary and per- manent impacts on the environment, with some adverse effects. However, with appropriate impact avoidance, minimi- zation and mitigation measures, the majority of project ef- fects would be reduced to less-than-significant levels, FERC concluded. www.chesapeaketech.com • Manage data color-mapping easier than ever with new histogram based color controls • Imp ort ne arly a ny na tive g rid forma t file into Sona rWiz • Achieve a more visually homogeneous mosaic with new Nadir Filter SonarWiz: State-of-the-art sonar processing and image analysis Visit CTI at Ocean Business 2017 Booth S5 • April 4–6, 201 7 Before After

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