An environmental group involved in a federal lawsuit filed to stop future seismic testing for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic coast says marine animals will suffer greatly if the testing occurs.
“It can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss in marine mammals,” Center for Biological Diversity Oceans Program legal director Kristen Monsell said. “It’s also known to disrupt their ability to feed, breed and really conduct the most basic functions.
The Center for Biological Diversity is one of seven environmental groups who filed suit in federal court in Charleston last week, claiming that permits issued to allow seismic testing for oil and natural gas violate federal laws. The permits were approved after President Trump signed an order in 2017 allowing exploration for potential drilling for oil offshore of the Atlantic coast.
However, the International Association of Geophysical Contractors said, while marine wildlife will avoid an area where seismic testing is occurring, there is no evidence that it injures whales or other mammals. [Read more…]