Dare County, NC leaders send letter protesting approval of seismic testing

Already on record as opposing offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, the chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Nags Head’s mayor have sent a letter protesting the National Marine Fisheries Service’s recent decision to approve seismic testing for undersea reserves.

Chairman Bob Woodard, who wrote the letter with Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon, noted today that governors up and down the East Coast have objected to offshore testing and drilling. Coastal towns and counties have also rejected the idea.

Five companies will be testing in the same areas, he said, and even if no reserves are found, the process using sound waves threatens marine life.

“I would encourage you to continue to speak out,” Woodard said at today’s board meeting. “I know that our board is unanimous in opposition to this.”