seismic airgun testing

CEO Note: 100,000 Against Seismic Blasts

Posted Mon, Sep 30, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, andy sharpless, atlantic seismic testing, ceo note, seismic airgun testing

Seismic airguns could injure or kill dolphins along the Atlantic coast. (Photo: Bryan) 

I have more great news to share with you about Oceana’s campaign to halt the use of deadly seismic airguns on our Atlantic coast. On September 6, Oceana delivered more than 100,000 petitions to Tommy Beaudreau, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Those petitions urge the government to stop the proposed use of seismic airguns, which the energy industry wants to use to search more than 300,000 square miles of the Atlantic for buried oil and gas deposits.


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Oceana Kicks Off Public Forum Series on Seismic Airguns in New Jersey

Posted Sat, Sep 28, 2013 by Nancy Pyne to airgun, dolphins and whales, new jersey, seismic, seismic airgun testing

Rep. Pallone speaks to the forum on protecting the New Jersey coast

Oceana staff hold a public form about seismic airguns in New Jersey with Rep. Frank Pallone. (Photo: Oceana)

Last week marked the beginning of a month-long, 10-stop East Coast tour for Oceana’s climate team. Over the next few weeks, our organizing team will be working with local organizations to host panel discussions on the hazards of seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean—a dangerous pre-cursor to offshore drilling along the East Coast, which will have devastating impacts on marine wildlife, fisheries and coastal economies. We kicked off our public forum series last Monday at Monmouth University with New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone Jr.


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Sheryl Crow Editorial Calls for an Airgun-free Atlantic

Posted Mon, Sep 23, 2013 by Justine Hausheer to air guns, atlantic, dolphins and whales, huffington post, seismic airgun testing

The government estimates that seismic airguns will injure at least 138,500 dolphins and whales. (Photo: Mike Legend) 

Oceana’s efforts to fight seismic airgun use in the Atlantic are off to a strong start. Right now our activists are conducting forums in nine different states to educate residents about the dangers of airguns.


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The Washington Post urges BOEM to wait on seismic airgun rule

Posted Fri, Sep 6, 2013 by Alex Bea to offshore oil, seismic airgun testing, washington post

Seismic airguns threaten marine life like dolphins and whales. (Photo: Oceana)

If you know new information is coming about a dangerous practice, you should wait to get that information before deciding what to do, right? This is exactly what today's Washington Post editorial calls for, and they're right.


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CEO Note: Oceana Victory -- Decision on Atlantic Seismic Testing is Delayed

Posted Fri, Aug 23, 2013 by Andy Sharpless to andrew sharpless, andy sharpless, ceo, ceo note, seismic airgun testing

If permitted, seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic could injure or kill some of the last North Atlantic right whales remaining on earth. l Photo: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

It’s not often that a government delay is cause for celebration, but this time the oceans caught a break. After campaigning by Oceana and our allies, the Department of the Interior decided to postpone their decision on whether to allow seismic airgun use off the Atlantic coast until next March. 

This is the third time Oceana has successfully delayed the decision, allowing us the chance to build opposition and to urge more lawmakers to protect marine mammals by opposing testing. It also gives the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration time to update its outdated standards for the level of noise that is harmful to sea life.


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Letter to the Editor: Dolphin Dies After Beaching in Ocean City

Posted Thu, Aug 1, 2013 by Lydia Geschiere to beaching, deafening, dolphin, offshore drilling, seismic, seismic airgun testing

Dolphin beachings and deaths will increase along the East Coast if proposed seismic airgun testing is permitted in the Atlantic Ocean l Photo: © OCEANA / Soledad Esnaola

http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/ocean-city-letters-to-the-editor/42112-stop-seismic-air-gun-testing.html

 

To the editor:

 This letter is in response to the July 24 article titled, “Dolphin dies after beaching in Ocean City.”


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Dolphin Escapes Pen to Reunite with Her Pod After Years in Captivity

Posted Thu, Jul 25, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to captivity, dolphin, pod, reunite, sampal, seismic airgun testing

Sampal in the temporary sea pen that she eventually escaped from to reunite with her pod l Photo: KAWA Dolphins Seapen

We always knew that dolphins were incredible, but this story made our jaws drop – a dolphin, captured and held in captivity for several years, escaped from her pen and reunited with her pod. The dolphin, named Sampal, was accidentally caught by fishermen off Jeju Island, near South Korea, as reported by the environmental blog Take Part, which has been charting this epic tale. Instead of being released, however, Sampal was then illegally sold by fishermen to the Pacific Land Aquarium, where she was forced for years to perform tricks for food.


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All Too Familiar: Offshore Drilling Explosion and Fire in Gulf of Mexico

Posted Wed, Jul 24, 2013 by Jackie Savitz to fossil fuel, offshore drilling, offshore oil, seismic airgun testing

NOT AGAIN: Rig explodes and catches fire today in Gulf of Mexico l Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

UPDATE, Friday, July 26. 10:40 AM: On Thursday evening, officials stated that the gas was cut off on the burning Hercules 265 drilling rig. The only remaining fire is a small flame fueled by residual gas at the top of the well. However, these recent leaks and explosions should remind us that offshore drilling is"inherently risky," and that blowouts "aren't that infrequent." Those quotes are from Michael Bromwich, the former chief of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and its predecessor agency, the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management Regulation and Enforcement. 

"These all should be learning exercises," Bromwich went on to say. "What went wrong here? Were there errors in human judgment? What remedial or corrective actions should be taken by the company, and what can the industry and what can the regulators learn?"

To us, the lessons are clear -- shift away from dirty and dangerous fossil fuels, and towards clean, safe and forever renewable sources of energy like offshore wind. If we want to prevent these disasters in the future, we must reject offshore drilling outright. W
e urge you to sign our petition telling President Obama to reject seismic airgun testing and future offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean.


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Congressman Pallone Challenges Secretary of Interior on Seismic Testing in Committee Hearing

Posted Wed, Jul 24, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to deafen, dolphin, fossil fuel, frank pallone, offshore drilling, sally jewell, seismic airgun testing, seismic testing, whale

Congressman Frank Pallone, defender of the oceans and the creatures that call them home!

In a House Natural Resources Committee meeting last week, Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey expressed his strong opposition to proposed seismic airgun testing along the Atlantic coast, and even delivered a question on seismic testing from Oceana directly to Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell. Pallone, a senior member of the committee, stated that because he is “staunchly opposed to drilling in the Atlantic,” he is against the proposed seismic airgun testing for oil and gas in the region. Seismic airgun testing, which uses dynamite-like blasts of compressed air to search for fossil fuels under the ocean floor, is the first step towards offshore drilling for oil and gas. A proposed plan for seismic airgun testing will span the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to Florida.


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