Seismic Airgun Testing

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In the summer of 2014, President Obama gave the green light for oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast. Today, nine applications for seismic air gun testing are under consideration at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Seismic testing—sometimes known more graphically as “seismic air gun blasting”—is a technology that maps oil and gas deposits in the ocean. The process involves sonic bursts in 10 second intervals that continue for days, weeks, and sometimes months. The “bursts” are 100,000 times more intense than a jet engine.

The impacts from the proposed seismic airgun testing could be devastating on a number of fronts, but a coalition of concerned organizations is taking a stand.

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