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Seismic Blasting of our ocean
Posted by Tom Fagan
on 4/28/2014, 8:34 am
The latest assault on the ocean and marine life comes in plan for seismic testing 15 miles off Barnegat Inlet for 30 days starting in June. Decibel levels well above 200 (dB) will be blasted into the ocean every 5-10 seconds 24/7 for thirty days. Rocket takeoff is 184 (dB).
The alleged purpose is to examine deep rocks (11,500 feet) to assess sea level and climate change, but tacked onto the end of the proposal is the ominous "Results may have relevance to the hydrocarbon exploration industry".
As divers, we know better than most how sound travels underwater. The impact on marine life of this "study" could be devastating. The public has only until May 16th to submit comments.
Clean Ocean Action, a coalition of over 100 organizations that has been fighting for and cleaning up our ocean for thirty years is interested in diver's views on this issue. Divers are the eyes (and ears!) of the undersea world.
For more info go to www.CleanOceanAction.org
Also, COA is holding a meeting to discuss the issues and threats from this proposal and steps we can take to protect our coast. The meeting is Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00PM in the Manahawkin municipal building at 260 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin.
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