No Right to Know
When seismic surveys in the Atlantic off South Carolina's shores are completed, what can we do with the resulting information? Nothing - for the simple reason that you and I and everyone but Secretary Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be denied access to the results.
Survey companies maintain that they are unwilling to disclose their measurements because that might harm their business interests. The federal government supports that argument.
And while the argument might seem legitimate, the effect is to deny the public - the people with the most at stake - the information needed to take an informed position on drilling. The less oil that is found, the less supportable the case for assuming the risk.
But we will not get to make that argument because we will never be allowed access to the vital facts required to make sense of this program that could alter our lives in the most negative ways imaginable.
A compromise must be found to allow access to the survey data. We are the stakeholders.