I received a request for information on costs associated with seismic surveys, and I'm hoping someone on the list can help me with suggestions where I should look and/or who I should contact. I'm including some text that is directly from the library user, as he can better explain his information needs:

"What we are trying to estimate is what the incremental cost increase would be by implementing the proposed mitigation, primarily passive acoustic monitoring (PAM), in the Atlantic EIS. Essentially a "total Survey Cost WITHOUT the use of PAM" vs a "Total Survey Cost WITH the use of PAM."  Were looking for any citable and/or current data that might give us cost estimates for the different components associated with conducting a typical seismic survey. This could include but is certainly not limited to things such as:

- seismic vessel day rates (maybe info on what is factored into the day rate) 
- mobilization cost
- fuel cost (this may or may not be factored into day rates)
- mobilization and demobilization cost
- data processing cost
- any cost associated with the installation and use of PAM (tech rates, rental fees, etc.)
- protected species observer rates

Ultimately, we are trying to calculate the overall average cost of a typical 2D or 3D survey ($/line mile) based on current rates and see how requiring the company to use passive acoustic monitoring will increase the cost of overall survey."

I appreciate any help and suggestions that you can provide.

Thank you,


Stephen Pomes, M.L.I.S., Librarian

U.S. Dept. of the Interior

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

1201 Elmwood Park Blvd., RM 623A

New OrleansLa. 70123

Phone: 504-736-2521

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