The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is currently deciding if seismic airgun testing should be allowed to search for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. While the proposed area for seismic airgun testing spans along the coasts of seven states from Delaware to Florida, the impacts it will have on shared marine resources could be felt along the entire East Coast. Seismic testing involves the use of airguns, which are towed behind ships and shoot loud blasts of compressed air at 250 decibels through the water and miles into the seabed to search for oil and gas deposits. These airguns make intense pulses of sound, almost as loud as explosives, every ten seconds, 24 hours a day, for days to weeks on end. The blasts are so loud and constant that they can injure or disturb vital behaviors in fish, dolphins, whales and sea turtles. If approved, seismic airguns will threaten marine life, fisheries and coastal economies throughout the Atlantic.
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