East Coast governors of both parties joined to oppose seismic testing and offshore drilling by sending a letter Thursday urging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to prohibit seismic testing and offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.
Attorneys General from several coastal states, including North Carolina, moved to intervene in a lawsuit to stop the proposed use of airguns to survey the Atlantic Ocean floor for oil and gas.
Researchers at the Australian Institute of Marine Science have conducted what they’re calling the first real-world seismic experiment to determine the effects of marine noise on fish and oysters. Using the seismic vessel the BGP Explorer, the researchers surveyed two sites off the northwest of Western Australia over the course of 10 days. The collaborative experiment involving more than 100 people took a year to design and coordinate and could provide answers on the effects of marine noise.
Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. and the North Carolina Aquariums both stated in recent days their opposition to seismic exploration for oil and natural gas of the East Coast.
A coalition of environmental organizations has filed a lawsuit against the federal government under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to block seismic exploration for oil and natural gas off the East Coast.
The Dare County chairman and Nags Head’s mayor have sent a letter protesting the National Marine Fisheries Service’s recent decision to approve seismic testing for oil and natural gas off the East Coast.
The Trump administration advanced Friday the move to drill for oil and natural gas off the East Coast, approving authorizations for five seismic survey companies to harm marine mammals.
Frank Knapp Jr., Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast former president and CEO, is now focusing his attention at the helm of the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce on a potential lawsuit to stop seismic testing in the Atlantic.
The N.C. Division of Coastal Management asked survey companies to submit more information on potential effects of seismic testing after new studies raise additional concerns for marine fisheries.
The majority of citizens attending the three public hearings the Department of Environmental Quality held last week voiced their opposition to the proposed federal oil and gas leasing program along the Atlantic coast.