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Seismic Testing Concerns Some in Coastal Towns

Posted: Jul 06, 2017 5:37 PM Updated:

Seismic testing may be happening off the East Coast as early as Fall 2017 (Photo: API)CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.-- The Assateague Coastal Trust is concerned about some of the effects seismic testing could have on coastal towns. They set up a documentary screening and informational meeting in Chincoteague Thursday night to inform Islanders about the testing.


Seismic testing consists of air blasts in the water that are used to tell if there's oil off shore. ACT said that these loud sounds would drive away marine life and potentially hurt the fishing industry.


Matt Heim, ACT Outreach Coordinator, said that they are trying to stop an executive order signed by President Trump that would allow oil exploration off the East Coast.


"There's enough resources for oil and gas in other parts of this country to supply what we need to make a transition to a more sustainable and cleaner energy future," Heim said.


Some supporters of the drilling argue the testing could lessen our country's dependency on oil and create jobs. But, people that we spoke with still have their doubts.


"It seems like a fairly invasive thing to do. I recognize the need for jobs around here but at what cost," Chincoteague visitor Chris Patrick said.


Business owners on the island are concerned about the negative effects drilling would have on their economy.


"Chincoteague is dependent on its tourism and such. If something goes wrong, we suffer as a result of it," Sundial Books owner Jonathan Richstein said.


The Assateague Coastal Trust has been involved in the campaign for three years, fighting against executive orders in both the Obama and Trump administrations.

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