The various components of the exploratory drilling program in the Cap Boujdour contract area were evaluated for potential impacts to the physical, chemical, biological, and socioeconomic environments. Impact analysis considered both routine operations and potential accidents. Resource areas evaluated included air quality; water quality; sediment quality; plankton, fish, and fishery resources; benthic communities; marine mammals; sea turtles; marine and coastal birds; protected marine species and habitats of concern; fishing, shipping, and maritime industry; recreation and aesthetics/tourism; and archaeological resources.
This assessment included research of the published and unpublished literature and a public inquiry process to identify the potential issues of concern. The impact assessment methodology was conducted from a risk-based perspective to determine the overall significance of each potential impact based on its consequence and probability.
A workshop was held in Dakhla in January 2015 to give local representatives the chance to discuss the EIA with Kosmos and CSA Ocean Services.