Amanda Evans is a marine archaeologist with a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. She explained to me how CEWA is involved in helping companies survey the underwater landscape in regards to the archaeological impact of offshore drilling. You never know what might be on the ocean floor: the Nina, the Pinta, maybe even the Santa Maria. Nevertheless, drilling is not the only concern; so is abandonment, salvage, as well as inland water ways, marshes, and fresh water lakes.
Amanda states, “Submerged cultural resources include historic shipwrecks, and sunken aircraft, as well as prehistoric archaeological sites and their associated landscapes which have become inundated by rising sea levels since the last ice age. One of the roles of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is to make sure that permitted actions do not adversely affect these archaeological resources in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf. In state waters, each state regulates Section 106 compliance through their own historic preservation programs.
By engaging early with regulators and stakeholders you can reduce development risk and increase cost-effective decision making. CEWA can help you through this process. We are uniquely well placed to provide clear advice, support and technical expertise to help you meet both state and BOEM standards for compliance.”
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