- 27 February 2014 | Environment
The Surfrider Foundation has criticized the document which opens the way to extensive seismic surveys, in the Atlantic Ocean, during the next eight years.
The final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) released by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management evaluates proposed seismic exploration for oil and gas resources in the South and Mid-Atlantic ocean.
"Seismic airgun testing would cause catastrophic impacts to the marine ecosystem, including injury and death to hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins," underlines Pete Stauffer, manager of Surfrider Foundation's Ocean Program.
"It would also set the stage for offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast, a dirty and dangerous practice that threatens the health of our oceans and coastal communities."
The more than 250,000 Surfrider Foundation members and supporters vigorously oppose the proposal, and call upon the Obama Administration to cancel plans for seismic testing in the Atlantic ocean.
According to official estimates, 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured and possibly killed along the East Coast, if exploration companies are allowed to used dangerous blasts of noise to search for offshore oil and gas.
These airguns use compressed air to generate intense pulses of sound, which are 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine.
They are so loud that they penetrate through the ocean, and miles into the seafloor, then bounce back, bringing information to the surface about the location of buried oil and gas deposits.