seismic airgun testing

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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Natural Gas Leaks from Gas Well in Gulf of Mexico

Posted Fri, Jul 12, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to deepwater horizon, gas, natural gas, oil, seismic, seismic airgun testing

A fly-over photo attempts to capture the insidious "rainbow sheen" of natural gas blanketing wide swaths of the Gulf of Mexico after the gas leak began on Monday. Photo: Bill Dugger l On Wings of Care

Sure, it may not be as dramatic as the fiery shots of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but this image still makes us sick to our stomachs -- An oil and gas well in the Gulf of Mexico has been leaking natural gas into the ocean for the last four days. The well, which was reportedly being closed up after 15 years of inactivity, began leaking after a "loss of well control event" at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).


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Reckless Bill Passes House of Representatives

Posted Mon, Jul 1, 2013 by Nancy Sopko to gas, House of Representatives, offshore drilling, oil, seismic airgun testing, vern buchanan

HR 2231 could nearly double U.S. offshore drilling, threatening tens of thousands of marine animals like this common bottlenose dolphin.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R.2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, a reckless bill that would nearly double U.S. offshore drilling, force new lease sales off the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina and Southern California, and gut critical environmental safeguards.  H.R.2231 is yet another giveaway to Big Oil that puts offshore drilling above all else while gutting critical environmental safeguards and doing nothing to make us more energy independent.


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What Do Historic CO2 Levels Mean for the Oceans?

Posted Tue, May 14, 2013 by Matt Huelsenbeck to air pollution, carbon dioxide, climate change, co2, gas, ocean acidification, ocean pollution, oil, pollution, seismic airgun testing

“Keeling Curve” shows CO2 levels increase from 1958-2013. (Source: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD)


For the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed 400 parts per million
(ppm) of carbon dioxide at the historic Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. This is the same location where Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher Charles David Keeling first established the “Keeling Curve,” a famous graph showing that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are increasing rapidly in the atmosphere. CO2 was around 280 ppm before the Industrial Revolution, when humans first began releasing large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels. On May 9, the reading was a startling 400.08 ppm for a 24-hour period. But without the help of the oceans, this number would already be much higher.


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An Eventful April for Oceana's Climate and Energy Team

Posted Wed, May 8, 2013 by MattDundas to climate, deepwater horizon, dolphins, energy, mock oil spill, oil spill, seismic airgun testing, whales

Mock oil spills like this one were staged around the country in April to demonstrate disastrous effects of oil drilling on the oceans. Photo: Sarah Schwimmer

Oceana’s climate and energy campaign had an eventful April. In our ongoing effort to stop East Coast offshore drilling before it starts, we’ve been working hard to prevent the oil industry from taking the first step toward drilling: seismic airguns to explore for oil.

The specifics of seismic airgun testing are worth understanding if only because the oil industry seems to be counting on Americans’ lack of knowledge about this highly specific technology in order to get a foothold in some ocean areas that have been protected from drilling since the Reagan administration.


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Record-Setting Water Temps Changing Marine Ecosystems

Posted Wed, May 1, 2013 by Matt Huelsenbeck to east coast, fossil fuels, gas, marine ecosystems, northeast, oil, petition, record setting, seismic airgun testing, temperature, water temperatures, white house

Map showing shifts in distribution of many fish stocks in the Northeast U.S. (Credit: Janet Nye, NEFSC/NOAA)

The oceans are heating up, and marine ecosystems are changing because of it. Long before climate scientists realized the extent of impacts from carbon dioxide emissions, ocean scientists were taking simple temperature readings. Now those readings are off the charts, showing an ocean thrown out of balance from human-caused climate change. Sea surface temperatures hit a 150 year high off the U.S. East Coast from Maine to North Carolina during 2012. 

These abnormally high temperatures are fundamentally altering marine ecosystems, from the abundance of plankton to the movement of fish and whales. Many marine species have specific time periods for spawning, migration, and birthing based on temperature signals and availability of prey. Kevin Friedland, a scientist in NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Ecosystem Assessment Program, said “Changes in ocean temperatures and the timing and strength of spring and fall plankton blooms could affect the biological clocks of many marine species, which spawn at specific times of the year based on environmental cues like water temperature.”


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