Feds Approve Oil Exploration Off U.S. Eastern Coast
(Click to enlarge). Map of Planning Areas for geological and geophysical activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. (Credit: BOEM)
The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
(From Associated Press/ by Jason Dearen) – The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic transformation in East Coast states, potentially creating a new energy infrastructure, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue. But it dismayed people who owe their livelihoods to fisheries and tourism, and activists said it stains President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.
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