Whale of a Nightmare: Trump Pushes Atlantic Oil Exploration
The Trump administration gave early approval this week to corporations to conduct oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast.
Making matters worse, the proposals would allow the firing of super-loud seismic airguns from ships every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at a noise level that would rupture a human eardrum. These blasts could deafen and even kill whales, dolphins and other animals.
Nearly 100 municipalities up and down the East Coast have adopted resolutions rejecting seismic blasting. And more than 40,000 local businesses and business associations have publicly opposed it, citing threats to marine life and local economies.
"People from Florida to New Jersey oppose the oil industry wreaking havoc in the Atlantic," said Kristen Monsell, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, which has been fighting these seismic blasts. "It's outrageous that the Trump administration is ignoring the needs of wildlife and coastal communities."
Read more in our press release.