There’s a town council meeting today (January 27th) 6:30pm at Kure Beach Town Hall (117 Settlers Lane, Kure Beach, NC 28449). Comments will be heard regarding seismic testing and numerous people will be there to show their opposition. Speakers include Wilmington Vegan members Brady Bradshaw of Echo Friendly Action and Roxanne Kirtright of Reaching out for Animal Rights (ROAR). More information can be found on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/194087020786578.
More on seismic testing from Greenpeace:
According to government estimates, 138,500 whales and dolphins will soon be injured and possibly killed along the East Coast if exploration companies are allowed to use dangerous blasts of noise to search for offshore oil and gas.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is considering allowing geophysical companies, working on behalf of oil and gas companies, to use seismic airguns to search for offshore oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, from Delaware to Florida.
These airguns use compressed air to generate intense pulses of sound, which are 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine. These loud blasts are used on a recurring basis, going off every ten seconds, for 24 hours a day, often for weeks on end. 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.
Airgun blasts harm whales, dolphins, sea turtles and fish. The types of impacts marine mammals may endure include temporary and permanent hearing loss, abandonment of habitat, disruption of mating and feeding, beach strandings and even death. Seismic airguns could devastate marine life, and harm fisheries and coastal economies along the Atlantic coast.