Offshore Exploration Proposal Good for Oil Companies; Horrible for Oceans and Coasts
WASHINGTON (March 28, 2011) – The Obama administration today announced plans to move forward in opening our Mid- and South Atlantic coastline for offshore oil and gas exploration, which could allow oil companies to use dangerous high-pressure air guns and other seismic exploration methods up and down the Atlantic coast. The decision announced by the Department of Interior promises to do irreparable harm to endangered whales and valuable ocean fisheries in the Mid- and South-Atlantic. Using giant arrays of seismic air guns to explore for oil and gas is equivalent to blasting dynamite in a neighborhood every 10-12 seconds for weeks or months on end. It can cause hearing damage and death to marine mammals like endangered North Atlantic right whales that calve off the coasts of Georgia and Florida, and can decrease commercial and recreational fish catches dramatically. Followi...