Gulf of Mexico producers for the next 2.5 years will not be conducting seismic surveys in several areas that are deemed important to whales and bottlenose dolphins. The agreement came even though industry researchers believe such studies would have only a minimal impact on marine life, said Erik Milito, the American Petroleum Institute's upstream director. "The sound produced during seismic surveys is comparable in magnitude to many naturally occurring and other man-made ocean sound sources, including wind and wave action, rain, lightning strikes, marine life, and shipping," API said.

Related Summaries