The National Park Service is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of a proposed oil and gas seismic survey by Burnett Oil Company in Big Cypress National Preserve. The EA is a follow-up document to the Nobles 3-d Plan of Operations released by the NPS on June 17, 2015, and analyzes the impacts of three alternatives:
Alternative 1 – No Action – Continue Current Management
Under alternative 1 no survey would be conducted.
Alternative 2 – Proposed Action – Seismic Survey Using Vibroseis Buggies
Under alternative 2 a 110-square-mile area would be surveyed using special off-road vehicles with attached mobile plates which would be placed against the ground, vibrated, and then moved on to the next location. The vibrations, or seismic acoustical signals, would be detected by an array of receivers to allow mapping of the subsurface geology.
Alternative 3 – Seismic Survey Using Explosive Charges
Under alternative 3 the same 110-square-mile area would be surveyed as in Alternative 2, but the acoustic signals would be produced by underground explosive charges instead of Vibroseis buggies.
The EA is available by clicking here. You can provide comments online at that site or by mail to – Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve, 33100 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida 34141-1000.
Comments are requested by December 20, 2015. There will be a public meeting on December 8, 2015, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, Florida, 34141. At that meeting NPS staff will be available to answer questions, and you will be allowed to submit written comments. Once the comment period concludes, we will consider all comments submitted in the development of the final EA.
While submitting comments, before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
For questions related to this process, please contact Don Hargrove, 239-695-1150, or Ron Clark, 239-695-1106,