The government of Donald Trump approved five applications from companies seeking to conduct deafening seismic surveys off the Atlantic coast, which experts believe could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other marine animals. The tests support oil and gas wells, and lobbyists from these industries praised the decision.
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Friday that it has granted permits that companies conducting seismic surveys in the Atlantic should "harm" wildlife if it is not intended to The New York Times.
Companies seek oil and natural gas off the East Coast Seaboard, from Delaware to Florida. Seismic tests map the ocean floor to determine the estimated location of oil and gas.
Acoustic noise can damage and potentially kill marine animals, said Katherine Brogan, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the New York Times: [NOAA] In the documentation (accompanying permits), fishing is unequivocal that we do not expect that mortality rates will occur as a result of these surveys, "she said. The NOAA oversees the national maritime fisheries service.
"Take-off permits" is a bureaucratic word for permits that allow companies to continue their plans.
Federal leases could lead to exploration drilling for the first time in more than half a minute. Century.
Just a week before, on the day after Thanksgiving, the Trump government published a damaging report projecting the significant economic and agricultural costs of climate change. Thirteen federal agencies support the 1
The announcement of the Fisheries Service appears only a week after the Trump administration has released a new report from the US Geological Survey that shows that excavation and incineration of fossil fuels from federal state in the United States in a decade that ended in 2014 almost a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) Condemned the government's actions in a Friday tweet.
"Since Donald Trump decided to ignore the concerns of local residents and stakeholders who are directly affected by seismic explosions and offshore drilling," said Beyer. It is time for Congress to come to an end and stop it He passed my bill, the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act. "
The surveys send acoustic waves through the water every 10 to 12 seconds to image the seabed. Commercial fisheries are also in danger, and the Sea Board governors have said drilling could also hurt beach tourism.
In a statement released on Friday, the American Petroleum Institute, a lobby group for the oil and gas industry, praised the Trump permits.
"The US needs to know what energy resources are available off our coasts, and we hope that offshore oil and gas surveying and a full national offshore leasing plan to explore and develop the outer continental shelf will soon be possible. "
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz) has blasted the government's decision to allow acoustic tests as "an alarming sign of indifference [its] for the fate of coastal communities and marine life, including the endangered North Atlantic Whale" added Administration will do nothing for the fossil fuel industry, including the destruction of the local economy and the destruction of habitats of endangered species. "
It is expected that Grijalva, a member of the minority party of the Natural Resources Committee of the House, ranked chaired in the next congress.
In the years 2016 and 2017, 20 Atlantic smooth-whales died and reduced their numbers to only 400. The NMFS published a statement of 15 November declaring that North Atlantic Whales are protected under the endangered USA Species Act and the Law for the protection of mammals. Scientists believe there are a little more than 400 left, making them one of the rarest marine mammals in the world.
Therefore, NMFS begged commercial fishermen not to injure Atlantic whales that are now moving south.
"We are very concerned about the future of North Atlantic whales," said Barb Zoodsma, NOAA fishery biologist, November 15
"We have had 20 whales since 2017 during a Unusual In the waters of the United States and Canada lost mortality event.The death toll in right whales is worrying for a population of just over 400 animals, especially since we estimate that there are only about 100 breeding female animals that produce fewer calves each year "
Concerned about wildlife and fisheries The Obama administration denied six permits for seismic testing weeks before Trump took office in 2017, the New York Times reported, but at the time, the US Petroleum Institute denounced Obama and said such refusal would hamper job creation and increase energy costs.  "The release of these permits brings us one step closer to the oil-covered beaches and the economic disaster," said Karen Brown, president and chief executive of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce in Kill Devil Hills, NC, to The New York Times. 19659002] Trump said he does not believe in climate change.