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Oppose Seismic off the Atlantic Coast

Surfrider chapters are opposing a proposal by the federal government to conduct seismic surveys for oil and gas resources off the Mid- and South Atlantic coast. Seismic airgun testing would cause major impacts to marine wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling. Please ask your federal representatives to urge the Obama Administration to cancel plans for seismic exploration in the Atlantic!

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The Obama Administration is scheduled to make a final decision in the spring of 2014 on whether to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. Seismic airgun testing would cause major impacts to marine wildlife and bring the Atlantic coast closer to the risky practice of offshore oil drilling, the same practice that led to the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago.

The proposed surveys would employ loud and damaging technologies, causing major impacts to marine wildlife and the ecosystem. According to the Department’s own estimates, seismic exploration would injure upwards of 130,000 whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals over the next eight years. The surveys would also impact millions of other animals through disrupting mating, feeding, communication, and migration activities. 

Furthermore, offshore drilling is inherently polluting and dangerous, and it will not solve our nation’s energy needs. According to the Department of Energy, fully developing all of our recoverable offshore oil reserves would lower pump prices by only 3 cents. Such a tradeoff is not worth the risk to our coastal economies, including tourism, recreation, and commerical fishing, which generate billions of dollars in annual revenue on the Atlantic coast.

Please ask your federal representatives to urge the Obama Administration to cancel seismic testing in the Atlantic!

To read DOI’s official announcement click here

To read Surfrider Foundation’s comment letter click here

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  • Please call or write your federal representatives asking that they urge the Obama Administation to cancel plans for seismic airgun testing. See Surfrider's comment letter to BOEM for suggested talking points.

  • Please submit letters or OpEds to your local newspaper to express your opposition to seismic testing.

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  • Country: USA
  • Theme: Ocean Ecosystems
  • Launch Date: March 29 2012
  • Completion Date: Ongoing