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Fri Nov 30, 2018, 09:42 PM

Trump Administration Approves Seismic Tests That Could Harm Thousands Of Atlantic Dolphins & Whales

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Source: Washington Post

By Darryl Fears, 3 hrs. ago.

The Trump administration took an important step toward future oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic shore, approving five requests allowing companies to conduct deafening seismic surveys that could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other marine animals, according to studies.

In an announcement Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, declared that it issued final “incidental take” authorizations permitting companies conducting the surveys to harm wildlife if its unintentional.

“NOAA Fisheries is clear in the documentation related to [incidental take authorizations] that we do not expect mortality to occur as a result of these surveys,” said a spokeswoman, Katherine Brogan. But numerous scientific studies show acoustic sound can harm or potentially kill animals.

The decision is likely to further antagonize governors in states along the Eastern Seaboard who strongly oppose the administration’s proposal to expand federal oil and gas leases to the Atlantic. The authorizations clear the way for surveys across a stretch of ocean between Delaware and Florida. -MORE...


Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-administration-approves-seismic-tests-that-could-harm-thousands-of-atlantic-dolphins-and-whales/ar-BBQiWMN?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15



All coastal state governors below Maine opposed the plan. For the first time in more than half a century, Federal leases could lead to exploratory drilling. Congressional Democrats representing those states in the House and Senate called out the authorizations.




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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 09:46 PM

1. To be Fair (because I'm a Democrat)

Hasn't this been an issue under every administration for the last decade or two?

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Response to bitterross (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 09:59 PM

2. It came up in Obama's admin. I'm sure. And for good

reason. Extractive industry testing and drilling in the Atlantic is foul, harming the seas and sea life and coastal communities that have suffered plenty of damage recently from Superstorm Sandy in 2012 battering New Jersey, other major hurricanes along the SE, and more.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 30, 2018, 10:03 PM

3. Difference is Pres. Obama denied six permit requests due to potential harm to sea llife

while Trump Admin is determined to go ahead and allow this regardless of risk.

"The Obama administration denied six permits for seismic testing weeks before Trump took office in 2017 out of concern for wildlife and fisheries. “In the present circumstances and guided by an abundance of caution, we believe that the value of obtaining the geophysical and geological information from new air-gun seismic surveys in the Atlantic does not outweigh the potential risks of those surveys’ acoustic pulse impacts on marine life,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, BOEM’s director at the time."


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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2018, 08:36 AM

4. Locking...duplicate


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