The IAGC provides input via comments and letters to governments around the world on various regulations, policies, guidance and issues impacting the G&E industry.
Treaty Organizations and Conventions
Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction
24 February 2020
ABNJ US State Dept Letter
30 April 2020
IAGC comments on Oil and Gas Reference Matrix – Seismic
- IAGC Comments – Portuguese
- IAGC Comments – Google Translation
- Attachment Letter to National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) – Review of Study Addressing Potential Effects of Seismic Surveys on Zooplankton
15 July 2018
IAGC comments on Guide to Monitoring Marine Biota in Maritime Seismic Surveys
Agreement issuing the criteria for determining the method of recognition and surface exploration to be subject to the regulations on surface occupation
Joint Trades IQA Correction Request Letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Second letter to Mexico Secretary of Energy, regarding the requirements that have been made effective with the interpretation given by this Secretary to the Articles 100 – 117 of the Hydrocarbons Law
Letter to Mexico Secretary of Energy, regarding the requirements that have been made effective with the interpretation given by this Secretary to the Articles 100 – 117 of the Hydrocarbons Law.
16 September 2020
Jones Act Letter
4 September 2020
ESA Habitat comment letter
4 September 2020
Policy letter sent to BOEM on the US GOM Biological Opinion
16 July 2020
IAGC letter with industry trades NOIA, IADC, LMOGA, IPAA, API, Consumer Energy Alliance, LOGA, and Global Energy Institute to Chariman McGovern and Ranking Member Cole in opposition to Amendment 151
8 May 2020
IAGC Letter to BOEM RE BiOp & GG Permits
25 March 2020
IAGC letter with industry trades API, IADC and PESA to the U.S. Department of State on the current Global Level 4 Health Advisory and the ramifications for global oil and natural gas operations
- NOPC comment letter on the Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
24 February 2020
US NOAA IQA Letter
24 December 2019
IAGC comments on BOEM’s proposed ICR with API
14 December 2018
IAGC comments on Wyoming BLM/SHPO Protocol Appendices C and L
30 October 2018
Letter to Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, to provide additional context following a meeting on 9 October about the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultation regarding the issuance of Marine Mammal Protection Act incidental take regulations applicable to exploration activities in the Gulf of Mexico (ITR).
15 October 2018
Letter to Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, to provide additional context following a meeting on 9 October about the long-pending incidental harassment authorization (IHA) applications for seismic surveys on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
20 June 2018
IAGC comments on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) proposed renewal of an information collection request (ICR) for geological and geophysical (G&G) explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf.
9 March 2018
IAGC comments on the 2019–2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program
and Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Letter to NMFS and BOEM addressing public comments in response to NMFS issuance of proposed IHAs for seismic surveys in the Atlantic OCS
Letter to BOEM and NMFS on a recent study addressing potential effects of seismic surveys on Zooplankton
Letter to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in support of the Strengthening the Economy with Critical Untapped Resources to Expand American Energy Act (SECURE Act)
30 October 2017
IAGC comments on the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) proposed renewal of an information collection request (ICR) for geological & geophysical (G&G) explorations of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)
Letter to NMFS requesting “Applicant Status” regarding the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) Section 7 Consultation for Incidental Take Regulations Governing Geophysical Surveys in the Gulf of Mexico
Letter to BOEM and NOAA Fisheries on the Modeling Analysis for the Final PEIS Geological & Geophysical Activities on GOM Outer Continental Shelf
Letter to Secretary Zinke on the Final PEIS for Geological & Geophysical Activities on GOM Outer Continental Shelf
Letter to BOEM in support of a more open 2019-2024 Five-Year Offshore Leasing Program
Letter to Secretary Zinke in support of the New OCS 5-Year Leasing Program
Letters to Secretary Jewell and Pritzker Regarding Seismic
27 April 2019
IAGC comments on the United Kingdom, Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) proposed [supplemental] guidance on the disclosure of certain geophysical survey data (created or acquired under an exploration licence pre-2018).
27 April 2019
IAGC comments on the United Kingdom, Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) proposed [supplemental] guidance on the disclosure of certain geophysical survey data (created or acquired under an exploration licence post-2017).
4 September 2020
Letters sent to Australian officials regarding fisheries outreach
Comment submission on the Australia Government Productivity Commission Draft Report into Resources Sector Regulation
Letter to Minister Canavan, Australia, regarding the potential threat to our industry should a draft ruling be issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) that proposes to change the tax treatment of costs incurred by geophysical companies when producing multi-client seismic data.
21 June 2018
IAGC comments on Offshore Exploration Policy Reforms – Proposed Acreage Release Optimisation
9 February 2018
IAGC comments on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Draft Taxation Ruling TR 2017/D11 Income tax: capital allowances: expenditure incurred by a service provider in collecting and processing multi-client seismic data
Letter to the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment on the Review of the Crown Minerals Act 1991
Letter to the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), regarding DOC) and Fisheries New Zealand Consultation on the Hector’s and Māui Dolphin Threat Management Plan (TMP) Review
IAGC Submission to the New Zealand Parliament – Committee Secretariat on the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill
Letter to Minister Ardern, New Zealand, regarding New Zealand Government’s announcement that it will end oil and gas exploration.
Letter to Minister of Conservation, New Zealand, regarding recent media comments by the New Zealand Government about seismic surveys