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Maryland DNR Addresses Concerns for Seismic Testing in Atlantic

Posted: Jul 07, 2017 8:50 PM Updated:

MARYLAND-The Maryland Department of Natural Resources sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday addressing their concerns about the proposed seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maryland. 

Maryland DNR Secretary Mark Belton signed the letter and stated that he hopes NOAA will consider the potential negative impacts seismic testing will have on coastal economies and resources as well as the impacts to fisheries, marine mammals and wildlife.  

Ocean City and Berlin have already expressed their objections to seismic testing through local events, according to DNR's letter.  The request for further review even goes on to state that Governor Larry Hogan is against offshore drilling and has concerns over seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean. 

DNR addresses in the document the impact the ocean has on the state and it's economy. 

"Maryland has long recognized the importance of coordination and cooperation in the management and stewardship of its coastal and ocean resources," the letter said. "It is in the spirit of collaboration with our federal partners and stakeholders throughout the region that we are providing these comments and formally requesting additional time to review this permitting activity." 

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