Submitted by Jan Miller <Jan.A.Miller@lrdgl.usace.army.mil>
Corps of Engineers Completes Impact Study on Oil & Gas Drilling in Great Lakes
On Monday, May 8, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided a briefing for Congressional staff on the recently completed Report to Congress entitled the "Known and Potential Environmental Impacts of Oil and Gas Drilling Activity in the Great Lakes." This report was directed by Congress in Section 503 of the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2002.
Deposits of oil
and gas are present underneath four of the five Great Lakes
· Technologies currently used for oil and gas drilling exploration and extraction.
Environmental effects associated with
oil and gas drilling both in the
background affecting oil and gas exploration in the
· Environmental setting of the Great Lakes Basin including the distribution and status of oil and gas resources, other natural resources (such as fish and wildlife, wetlands, and water quality), and human activities (such as recreation, land and water use, and shipping) within the region.
effects and the resources that could be affected if the oil and gas resources
The Corps of
Engineers coordinated this study
with other Federal agencies through the Great Lakes Interagency Task
Force. The study was also
coordinated with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Geological Survey,
Michigan Historical Society, and
The full report is currently available on the project website at www.lrc.usace.army.mil/GrtLakes/OilGas/index-oilgas.html.
Point of Contact for more information on this study is Ms. Megan Hurst, Chicago District, 312-846-5517, firstname.lastname@example.org.