Skip to main content

I am too stunned at the moment and will need some time to digest this horrible news. A lot of us have been focusing like a laser on trying to ensure that BLM understood the wide opposition to this proposal. Coastal communities have been voting one after the other to ban seismic airgun blasting, which locates oil and gas reserves in the deep depths of the ocean. The most immediate concern is attempting to stop what is essentially the massacre of dolphins, whales and other marine life that will occur because of these blasts.

 Jeebus, President Obama, tell me this is not true.

Breaking from AP:

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's approval of this technology's use off the U.S. East Coast is the first step toward identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware. Energy companies need this detailed information as they prepare to apply for drilling leases in 2018 if the government reopens the area, as expected.

"The bureau has identified a path forward that addresses the need to update the nearly four-decade-old data in the region while protecting marine life and cultural sites," acting BOEM Director Walter Cruickshank said in a statement. "The bureau's decision reflects a carefully analyzed and balanced approach that will allow us to increase our understanding of potential offshore resources while protecting the human, marine, and coastal environments."

Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, abandonment of habitat, disruption of mating and feeding, and even beach strandings and death. For whales and dolphins, which rely on their hearing to find food, communicate, and reproduce, being able to hear is a life or death matter.

Airgun blasts kill fish eggs and larvae and scare away fish from important habitats. Following seismic surveys catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40 to 80 percent for thousands of miles.

"It's like a sonogram of the earth," said Andy Radford, a petroleum engineer at the American Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas trade association in Washington DC. "You can't see the oil and gas, but you can see the structures in the earth that might hold oil and gas."

The sonic cannons are often fired continually for weeks or months, and multiple mapping projects are expected to be operating simultaneously as companies gather competitive, secret data. Whale-spotting observers will be required onboard, but the sounds — which water amplifies by orders of magnitude — pose real dangers for whales, fish and sea turtles that also use sound to communicate across hundreds of miles.

More than 120,000 people or groups sent comments to the government, which held hearings and spent years developing these rules. The bureau's environmental impact study estimates that more than 138,000 sea creatures could be harmed, including nine of the 500 north Atlantic right whales remaining in the world.

Of foremost concern are endangered species like these whales, which give birth off the shores of northern Florida and southern Georgia before migrating north each year. Since the cetaceans are so scarce, any impact from this intense noise pollution on feeding or communications could have long-term effects, Scott Kraus, a right whale expert at the John H. Prescott Marine Laboratory in Boston, said.

"No one has been allowed to test anything like this on right whales," Kraus said of the seismic cannons. "(The Obama administration) has authorized a giant experiment on right whales that this country would never allow researchers to do."

Please see link below on how Seismic Airgun Testing works below.

http://oceana.org/...

Update: Oceana reaction to this epic blunder

3:45 PM PT: Surfrider Foundation has the approval timeline.

http://www.surfrider.org/...

The EIS can be found at the below link.

http://www.surfrider.org/...

h/t Mindful Nature

Originally posted to Pakalolo on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 09:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Climate Change SOS.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Sharoney, fly, claude, cslewis, northsylvania, scribeboy, jfern, sny, slinkerwink, Timaeus, assyrian64, roonie, uberblonde, Christin, Geenius at Wrok, dfarrah, Bob Love, Pescadero Bill, CupaJoe, willyr, xynz, polecat, Rachael7, keepiru, RFK Lives, expatjourno, hubcap, missLotus, Babsnc, TracieLynn, magnetics, susakinovember, whenwego, Agathena, Crimson Buddha, liberaldregs, farmerhunt, ivote2004, Clues, ctsteve, revsue, kharma, scorpiorising, psnyder, minorityusa, emmasnacker, Dallasdoc, CitizenOfEarth, renaissance grrrl, wordwraith, Dood Abides, dkmich, zerelda, KayCeSF, Black Max, boran2, xxdr zombiexx, sb, nailbender, Skennet Boch, davidincleveland, maybeeso in michigan, marina, Tinfoil Hat, jrooth, UncleCharlie, LakeSuperior, qofdisks, LarisaW, chimene, corvo, Superpole, run around, eightlivesleft, ChemBob, viral, 1Nic Ven, stagemom, YucatanMan, Kevskos, fixxit, HugoDog, where4art, most peculiar mama, RichterScale, Sandino, Ozzie, Savvy813, Shotput8, Ginny in CO, rbjets69, sodalis, deepsouthdoug, Pluto, peacestpete, Ekaterin, mightymouse, zozie, Mother Mags, martini, kovie, esquimaux, redcedar, Pinko Elephant, cardboardurinal, HoundDog, Prognosticator, Audri, AoT, KenBee, The Wizard, Magnifico, Gottlieb, blueoasis, gooderservice, JVolvo, Turbonerd, BlueMississippi, CA Nana, lastamendment, geekydee, kurt, shaharazade, bstotts, CharlieHipHop, NonnyO, cpresley, ammasdarling, One Pissed Off Liberal, old wobbly, pgm 01, out of left field, Polacolor, camlbacker, Deadicated Marxist, devis1, ColoTim, FishOutofWater, Via Chicago, greenchiledem, DWG, aliasalias, artisan, HCKAD, jayden, letsgetreal, Back In Blue, SeaTurtle, bobswern, gchaucer2, leonard145b, bewild, cloudbustingkid, aseth, Assaf, on the cusp, rmonroe, VA Breeze, Roger Fox, ChocolateChris, wayoutinthestix, zerone, 6412093, VL Baker, TomFromNJ, tofumagoo, Cassandra Waites, Missys Brother, temptxan, petulans, matching mole, Piren, doppler effect, ekyprogressive, protectspice, Fiddlegirl, MufsMom, zmom, LinSea, The Dead Man, output, ewmorr, CanyonWren, maryabein, Methinks They Lie, mkor7, dRefractor, asym, papahaha, KenInCO, Words In Action, katnurseadvocate, flitedocnm, The Free Agent, janis b, Lost and Found, I Lurked For Years, gulfgal98, samanthab, Lady Libertine, melfunction, Johnny Q, Betty Pinson, DrTerwilliker, cany, slice, kerflooey, allenjo, ozsea1, StateofEuphoria, Jazzenterprises, slowbutsure, Susipsych, FarWestGirl, asterkitty, Teiresias70, Alice Olson, smiley7, molunkusmol, trumpeter, Jasonhouse, Santa Susanna Kid, sofa turf, merrily1000, tardis10, wintergreen8694, enhydra lutris, PhilJD, Caddis Fly, Hayate Yagami, Sunspots, GrannyGeek, dradams, DRo, SouthernLiberalinMD, nyer11Oak, DEMonrat ankle biter, PrometheusUnbound, No one gets out alive, Laurel in CA, DawnN, BlueDragon, BocaBlue, Only Needs a Beat, i saw an old tree today, Whatithink, Whimsical Rapscallion, IndieGuy, Joieau, 420 forever, Mr Robert, LittleSilver, Johnny the Conqueroo, radical simplicity, Lilredhead, BusyinCA, pdxteacher, MartyM, BRog, lunachickie, splintersawry, Glen The Plumber, George3, peptabysmal, ShoshannaD, Most Awesome Nana, The Geogre, Late Again, Thornrose, eyo, goodpractice, weck, gypsytoo, aresea, Alhambra, Drocedus, leeleedee, Jollie Ollie Orange, northerntier, Hey338Too, Patango, Jim Domenico, danjb, Victor Ward, CenPhx, Rich Lyles, RUNDOWN, Love Me Slender, Liberty Equality Fraternity and Trees, Penny GC, gnothis, sillycarrot, Choco8, Pablo Bocanegra, oldhippy48, Shaylors Provence, hbk, cjtjc, Team Leftie, Anika, silverfoxcruiser, NewRomeIsBurning, bobcat41702, Whamadoodle, nicestjerk, AllTheWayWithLBJ85, nicholeluvsfangs, 22niel, NoBlueSkies, rimshot

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site