Surfrider chapters are opposing the federal government's plan to conduct seismic surveys for oil and gas resources off the Mid- and South Atlantic coast. Seismic airgun testing will 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!
On July 17th, 2014, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its decision to proceed with extensive seismic airgun testing off the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts. Seismic airgun testing will 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 planned surveys will employ loud and damaging technologies, causing major impacts to marine wildlife and the ecosystem. According to the Department’s own estimates, seismic exploration will injure upwards of 130,000 whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals over the next eight years. The surveys will 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