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Image: Air gun array on a research vessel, used for reflection seismic profiles in the ocean ,HANNES GROBE / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Seismic airguns approved for oil in Atlantic despite fears for marine life


Two weeks ago, this commentary addressed the latest push for offshore oil drilling, launched just days after Florida voters approved a ban on drilling in state-owned waters. So the Petroleum Council is trying to sell us — or more precisely, our elected representatives — on the benefits of drilling under federal waters, 3 nautical miles offshore. Now, this week the Trump administration has approved the use of seismic airguns to search for oil along the Atlantic Coast, from New England to Florida. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, these airguns generate pulses of sound 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine, going off every 10 seconds for 24 hours a day, often for weeks on end. These …
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