IAGC's Global Environmental Manual Sets Standards for Industry Care of the Environment

IAGC's Global Environmental Manual Sets Standards for Industry Care of the 
Environment 
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 12/20/13 --  International
Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC) has released the newest
edition of its Environmental Manual for Worldwide Geophysical
Operations. 
First published in 1994 as the Environmental Guidelines for Worldwide
Operations and then in 2001with its current title, the Environmental
Manual for Worldwide Geophysical Operations demonstrates IAGC
members' commitment to minimizing potential impacts from their
operations to the environment, and serves as a guide for identifying
factors to consider when developing an environmental management plan. 
Chip Gill, International Association of Geophysical Contractors
President said, "The geophysical industry is committed to conducting
our operations in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.
This revised and updated Environmental Manual serves as a guide for
identifying factors to consider when developing an environmental
management plan, and demonstrates our industry's commitment to
environmental responsibility. We are confident this new manual will
aide users in minimizing potential impacts on the environment from
their operations."  
The Environmental Manual was prepared by IAGC member company
volunteers, using their experience and expertise to provide the
industry with useful information for conducting geophysical field
operations in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner.  
Geophysical surveys are conducted in support of a variety of resource
extraction and ground use activities. Resource-related activities
include hydrocarbon exploration, development and production, mineral
and metal mining activities, and water resource management.  
Geophysical exploration measures and interprets the physical
properties of the earth to determine subsurface conditions. This
requires a direct interaction between the measurement systems and the
physical environment. Methods of surveying for hydrocarbons include
electro-magnetic, gravity, magnetic and seismic. 
The manual includes guidance on land and at sea geophysical
operations and addresses management responsibilities, stakeholder
identification and communication, environmental training, assessment
of natural and p
hysical issues, social and cultural impact assessment
and consideration, mitigation strategies, sound effects,
environmental monitoring and audits, wildlife and livestock, and
restoration activities. The manual also focuses on operations in
special habitats and environments such as rainforest and wetlands. 
The new edition of the Environmental Manual for Worldwide Geophysical
Operations is available for purchase or as a download at the IAGC
website. 
About IAGC
 IAGC is the international trade association representing
the industry that provides geophysical services (geophysical data
acquisition, seismic data ownership and licensing, geophysical data
processing and interpretation, and associated service and product
providers) to the oil and gas industry. 
More information on IAGC and the geophysical industry can be found at
http://www.iagc.org and http://geophysicsrocks.com 
For reference material on Marine Mammal Protection, see  
http://www.iagc.org/MarineEnvironment/references/  
For a video overview of marine seismic operations, see  
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEE2ECC235BCA5FA0  
Contact: 
Gail Adams, Director of Communications
gail.adams@iagc.org
713-957-8080 - office 
281-780-4520 - mobile 
International Association of 
Geophysical Contractors
1225 North Loop West
Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77008 USA
(713) 957-8080