Action Needed NOW
While our federal government recently announced it will protect the Atlantic coast from offshore oil drilling in the next five year leasing plan, the battle to protect the Atlantic is far from over. The federal government still plans to allow seismic testing for oil and gas in the Atlantic in anticipation of drilling in the 2023 – 2027 leasing plan. We know that seismic testing represents the first step towards oil and gas development, which is fraught with troubling environmental consequences. Seismic testing is itself a major threat to marine wildlife and our ocean ecosystem and several companies are seeking Incidental Harassment Authorizations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).
The planned surveys will utilize high-decibel sound blasts – underwater explosions – that will saturate the marine environment with noise pollution. Vessels towing airguns will traverse large swaths of ocean, releasing acoustic blasts every ten seconds for weeks or months on end. This seismic exploration will occur over thousands of square miles and cause devastating impacts to marine wildlife and the health of the ecosystem, by interfering with mating, communication, and migration activities, and resulting in displacement and other impacts – such as temporary hearing loss – to a broad range of fish and invertebrate populations. Communities on the Atlantic coast significantly depend on a healthy ocean to support industries such as recreation, tourism, and commercial fishing. The degradation to the marine ecosystem caused by seismic exploration will put these industries – and the billions of dollars they contribute to the region’s economy – at risk.
Current Action Alerts
Please join Surfrider’s efforts to Protect the Atlantic by completing one of the Action Alerts below:
Sign the Surfrider Foundation Petition against seismic testing
- Sign Surfrider Foundation’s petition against seismic testing in the Atlantic to be submitted to your local congressional representatives.
Submit a Public Comment to BOEM against seismic testing (Deadline JUNE 16, 2016)
- Submit a Public Comment to the Bureau of Oceans and Energy Management on the current proposed 5 year plan that still includes seismic testing of the Atlantic as well as offshore drilling off the coast of Alaska by JUNE 16, 2016 – use the “Comment Now” button on the top right hand side of the page
Ask Congressman John Lewis to sign letter against seismic testing (Deadline JUNE 7, 2016)
- Contact Congressman John Lewis and ask him to sign letter to Rep. Sanford (R-SC) and Rep. Connolly’s (D-VA) letter to the President requesting he deny seismic airgun blasting permits currently pending before BOEM by JUNE 7
Email Congressman John Lewis
343 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1920, Atlanta, GA 30303