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