Trump administration advanced in its plan to make America great again. In order to achieve this milestone, lawmakers turned to the oil industry as a means to creating new jobs and flourishing profits. Therefore, they agreed on allowing companies to perform seismic testing off the Eastern Seaboard. This marks the first decision to allow drilling activities in the Atlantic Ocean.
Five Companies Will Perform Seismic Testing for One Year
For one year long, five companies received green light from the Trump administration to test the Atlantic waters for signs of oil reserves. The official approval states that businesses are allowed to put in jeopardy a limited number of marine creatures as long as this situation remains an accident. The National Marine Fisheries Services has already requested permission from Marine Mammal Protection Act for seismic surveys.
The activity of a seismic survey entails the use of air guns. These are strong enough to cause great injuries to marine wildlife. During the Obama administration, this kind of business procedures remained unsatisfied. On the other hand, President Donald Trump signed back in April an executive order that makes this offshore drilling legal.
At the moment, the Eastern Seaboard harbors no such drilling works. However, if over the next year these companies find sources of oil, they can turn the east coast of the U.S. into a territory pertaining to oil industry.
On the one hand, this event constitutes a victory for any player in the oil, gas or energy domain. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared last month that this initiative is going to make way to new job openings. As a consequence, the national economy is going to receive a long-awaited financial boost.
“But seismic [testing] alone is a serious assault on our coast and oceans.”
On the other hand, environmental advocates perceive this event from a different angle. The Southern Environmental Law Center warned about offshore reviews as being risky for communities, environment, economy, and healthy lifestyles.
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