The 10 petroleum companies that were to split the costs of the Ocean Margin Drilling Program (OMDP) (Eos, February 19, 1980, p. 90) with the National Science Foundation have withdrawn their support from the project. According to Allen M. Shinn, Jr., director of NSF's Office of Scientific Ocean Drilling, the petroleum companies stated that they are not willing to support the fiscal 1982 efforts as planned. Participation at a future date remains uncertain.
The move will indefinitely delay OMDP, Shinn told Eos. ‘I don't think we [NSF] can continue with the program as it is outlined now,’ he added.