This time of year, I always begin to feel nostalgic for vacation —particularly trips to the beach with my family. I am grateful for evenings in the surf with my mama looking for sand dollars, my dad’s uncanny ability to spot dolphins in the choppy waves. I fear this is what we stand to lose if we allow offshore oil and gas exploration off the coast.
Seismic testing, a method of offshore oil and gas exploration, is the process of shooting frequent bursts of air into the earth’s crust in order to find reserves of oil and gas beneath the ocean floor. Residual effects from these blasts can last for months at a time. The Department of the Interior estimates that seismic testing affects up to 138,000 marine animals that rely on sound to communicate — like whales and dolphins.
Right now, President Obama is deciding whether to allow seismic testing off our shores. I urge everyone who has a fond memory of the beach, like me, to call on the president to block seismic testing in the Atlantic.
— Caroline Brinegar