The Facts About Seismic Testing


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“Our expert assessment is that the department’s premise is not supported by the best available science. On the contrary, the magnitude of the proposed seismic activity is likely to have significant, long-lasting and widespread impacts on the reproduction and survival of fish and marine mammal populations in the region, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, of which only 500 remain.”

- A letter to the Obama Administration from 75 leading marine scientists and research institutions (link)

1aa54d2a90ef18b67f24050a279df323“The seismic testing permits currently under consideration by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management would allow the continuous overlapping firing of seismic airguns along a broad range of the east coast from the New Jersey/Delaware border to central Florida. Each survey would discharge its airguns approximately every 10 or 12 seconds, and would operate 24 hours per day.  If these permits are granted, ocean animals located in that wide area of the Atlantic Ocean would be exposed to noise levels that are likely to cause impacts and to disrupt essential behavior patterns.”

- Congressional testimony from Dr. Douglas Nowacek of Duke University (link)

“After many years of working to rebuild Mid-Atlantic fisheries to sustainable levels, the potential negative impacts of G&G (seismic) activities on these rebuilt resources are extremely troubling. The general lack of information included in the PElS (Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement) relative to impacts of G&G activities on fish, marine mammals, and the surrounding ecosystem is of serious concern… The Council recognizes the importance of energy exploration to U.S. economic security, but the activities described in the Draft PElS have the potential to contravene the Council’s efforts to conserve and manage living marine resources and habitat.”

- Letter from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to BOEM (link)

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