U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Friday asked the U.S. government to reject applications for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean, the first step toward allowing drilling for oil off the coast.
(From NJ.com / by Jonathan D. Salant)– In a letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Booker said the applications did not address the impact such activities would have on ocean life.
“The applications under consideration represent a serious threat to New Jersey’s coastal economy and coastal wildlife,” Booker (D-N.J.) said in the letter.
Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, sent their own letter urging NOAA to turn down the applications.
Booker said the tests could “disrupt foraging and other vital behaviors in endangered whales, dramatically depress catch rates of commercial fish, and can impact a wide range of marine species over extraordinarily large areas of ocean.”
Of greater concern is that the seismic testing could be the first step toward allowing oil and gas drilling off the the Atlantic coast.
“Offshore oil and gas drilling, as this survey intends to study, would put New Jersey’s economy and shore communities at significant risk,” Menendez and Pallone wrote. “At a time when New Jerseyans are still working to rebuild their lives after Sandy, the last thing we need is the prospect of a man-made disaster from an oil spill.”
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