The Obama Administration released a “record of decision” yesterday that will allow seismic blasting in an area of the East Coast twice the size of California.
“Just as expected, the Obama administration is opening the waters off the East Coast to oil and gas exploration, approving a plan on Friday to allow seismic tests from Delaware to Florida’s Cape Canaveral,” Sean Cockerham for the McClatchy Washington Bureau reports.
The industry is going to use seismic cannons to learn how much oil and gas is along the Atlantic seabed. There’s sharp debate over using the air guns, that environmental groups and some members of Congress say deafens whales and dolphins – at least.
[Above photo: Whale killed by seismic blast in Madagascar.)
The decision made Friday will use dynamite-like blasts predicted to injure and possibly kill up to 138,200 marine mammals, harm commercial and recreational fisheries, tourism and coastal recreation, and put over 730,000 jobs in the blast zone at risk.
The impact directly on human is unknown.
Two questions to answe arer: Why did they do this? And how can we stop it?
“Because multinational oil companies have billions of dollars to throw around, appearing to buy favors and spread lies about mythical funds that will go to coastal communities,” says Claire Douglass,
Campaign Director of Climate & Energy Oceana. “But coastal communities and leaders are smarter than that.”
Sixteen coastal towns and 78 local coastal elected officials already have spoken out against seismic off their shores.“
So what now? No blasting will happen without specific permits approved, according to Douglass. Yesterday’s decision only begins that process.
“We need to tell the Obama Administration today that we know their record of decision is severely flawed and, more importantly, we’re going to be there every step of the way to stop all permits that threaten treasured marine animals and coastal livelihoods, she stated in a written statement Saturday.
Over the past year, Wavemakers have stood up for precious ocean life, like the right whale—of which there are fewer than 500 left worldwide.
“We’ve seen new scientific reports confirming that these amazing creatures not only make the U.S. East Coast their home, but travel and live in a much bigger area than previously thought,” Douglass said, then asking, “Are we ready to start blasting the few right whales that are left?“
Obama is not going to get away with this one without a fight, according to Oceana, that says they are just getting started.
Alternatively, do nothing and watch dead whales, dead dolphins and other dead sea animals wash ashore – or know they are being carried away in plastic bags in the dark of night to be disposed of in secret waste facilities, as Obama authorized along the Gulf of Mexico after BP wrecked the Macondo oil well and lives of millions of people. (Vampire of Macondo)