Connecticut joins suit against testing for offshore drilling
HARTFORD — Connecticut joined seven East Coast states Wednesday in a court motion to stop the Trump administration from using seismic testing to explore the ocean floor for oil and gas.
Attorney General William Tong said Connecticut objects to the testing because of the potential harm to marine life from loud sound blasts.
"Connecticut stands with our sister states up and down the Atlantic seaboard in our firm opposition to offshore oil and gas exploration,” Tong said. “Seismic testing is a dangerous disruption to ocean life and a threat to Connecticut's vital maritime economy.”
The motion is part of a pending lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and federal officials in South Carolina. In Nov. 2018, NMFS granted authorizations to five companies to use seismic testing to look for oil although marine life, like whales and dolphins, might experience “incidental harassment.”
The U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has a draft proposal to vastly expand lease sales for oil and gas offshore drilling over the next five years.
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