Three Houston, Texas companies have applied for federal approval to conduct seismic surveying offshore Maryland, said Catherine McCall, coastal and marine director with the state Department of Natural Resources.
A Texas company plans to notify local sailing clubs
in coming months if its permit is approved to search for oil miles off
Maryland's coast, said Richie Miller, executive vice president of
Spectrum Geo Inc.
Spectrum would identify for sailors buoys that
mark underwater tow cables equipped to emit sound waves in search of
oil, a process called seismic surveying.
"We would have fliers
with all these sailing clubs: This is what a tail buoy looks like. It's
not an ocean buoy they can tie up on," Miller said.