Sonic Detonation for Oil & Gas Reserve Testing along the Atlantic Coast – America
US Government (Obama) is allowing Fossil Fuel Reserve testing from Maryland to Florida along the East Coast which can kill or maim over 100,000 marine animals. The Republicans are ignoring any environmental concerns (as usual), and they are selling the testing as a great thing for oil and gas production and sales. This story seems to be lost upon the public.
The following is from a Baltimore Sun article, the only other evidence found by searching this issue after hearing it referenced quickly on NPR.
Baltimore Sun Article, Maryland:
“The use of seismic airguns is first step to expanding dirty and dangerous offshore drilling to the Atlantic Ocean, bringing us one step closer to another disaster like the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said Claire Douglass of Oceana. She noted that the federal agency has estimated that the testing could hurt and possibly kill up to 138,000 marine mammals, while disrupting the feeding, mating and migratory behavior of many more.
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a Democrat who chairs the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, also objected to the proposal. “The Mid-Atlantic is just too environmentally sensitive for drilling,” he said in a statement. “I urge the Administration to reconsider its plans to allow this testing which will only serve to harm Maryland’s coastal communities and the natural resources which drive our economy.”
The administration’s move to allow seismic testing had been opposed by some municipalities, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council and by more than 100 biologists, who earlier this year called on the bureau to postpone its decision until new guidelines could be finished for protecting marine mammals and fish from the acoustic impacts of the tests’ underwater vibrations.
Drilling had been banned in the 1980s off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but Congress lifted the moratorium in 2008 amid concern about rising gasoline prices. The Obama administration was preparing to hold a lease sale off the Virginia coast in 2010 but canceled it when the BP oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.
– Baltimore Sun newspaper, writer Tim Wheeler