NJ politicians, environmentalists oppose seismic testing for offshore oil

While New Jersey is not the immediate target, there’s concern that Trump approval of controversial process could open the door to offshore drilling in the region

Environmental advocates joined U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) on Asbury Park’s boardwalk to denounce President Donald Trump’s approval of five incidental harassment authorization permits, allowing companies to use seismic air guns to search for offshore oil and natural gas in the Atlantic. The process, they say, can disturb, harm and potentially kill marine life.

“It’s like being stuck in an underwater fireworks display for days at end, with no end in sight, creating havoc in our coastal environment,” said NJ Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel.

Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, said that while seismic testing will not take place directly off New Jersey, it will affect communities along the Jersey Shore.

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