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Concerns Raised About Seismic Testing Along Atlantic Coast

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- An environmental group is launching a lawsuit against the Trump Administration. It issue has to do with a proposal for offshore drilling tests along the Atlantic Coast.

The tests use seismic air guns to locate oil and gas formations below the seafloor from the coast of Delaware down to Florida.

Seismic blasts are conducted before drilling and some are concerned about the effects it could have on marine life. 

"Scientific research has shown that when these seismic airguns when they are going out doing exploration for oil and gas deposits, the sound that this equipment emits, it disrupts the marine mammals everything," says Billy Weiland with the Assateague Coastal Trust. 

He supports a lawsuit aimed to stop the use of airguns. 

"It disrupts their eating habits, how they communicate, when you start interfering with a marine food web like that..there will be drastic consequences."

Survey vessels are required to have observers locate marine life near the test areas.

Thomas Stearns says as long as the side effects of the testing are not detrimental to marine life, he's all for the testing. 

"I am in support of it as long as none of the wild life gets hurt or killed. I think it be important for us to self support rather than buying it from someone else," says Stearns. 

Local groups will host an event to express their opposition to this testing some time after the holidays. 


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