Conservationists, capitalists battle over seismic testing

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Submitted: Tue, 01/28/2014 - 4:55am
Updated: Tue, 01/28/2014 - 10:58am

KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) – It was standing room only at the Kure Beach Town Council Meeting with hundreds more standing outside hanging on every word of the debate.

“I’m very concerned with the preservation of our oceans, its marine life, and our beaches,” said Clarke Slaymaker.

Conservationists and capitalists openly debated the pros and cons of seismic testing which will give oil companies an idea of oil and natural gas deposits off of the coast.

“We’re trying to talk about an ability to create jobs and revenue, and we’re trying to create an ability to actually understand what resources are out there,” said Albert Eckel.

The healthy debate the council hoped to hear turned into a nasty argument with protestors loudly cheering anyone speaking on their behalf, and booing anyone speaking in support of testing.

A number of Kure Beach residents in attendance say they weren’t as angry about the seismic testing as they were about the council’s ability, or lack thereof, to run the town.

“It was disappointing and unconscionable to me that the letter in support of seismic testing was signed by the mayor of Kure Beach without citizen input,” said an unidentified woman to council.

Protestors held up signs and wore shirts for the conservationists group Oceana which claims the testing could kill as many as 138,500 marine mammals. Oceana members pointed to a mass die off of dolphins in Peru for supporting evidence.

“Dead dolphins did wash up in the beach in Peru,” said an unidentified man. “When they looked at it the seismic surveys started the dolphins were washing up on the beach before the surveys started.”

At the end of the night the question still remained, should seismic testing be allowed or are there better options available.

“The method that the oil companies are telling you they want to use is stupid,” said one man in attendance. “There are much better methods by putting sonar sensors on the bottom of the ocean. I’m not against testing, and I’m not even against drilling, but I’m against doing it in a stupid way.”


  • owen money says:

    “Heglar said he was glad to see so much interest in local government, but the outcry against the issue was exactly why he told his fellow commissioners last month that the town should not take a stance on a federal issue.”

    This is not a “Federal issue”. Somehow, international energy companies and their lobbyists have sold (or bought) local Kure Beach elected officials on taking an incredibly stupid chance on seriously destroying the Town’s number one resource. For what?

    The overall picture is even uglier. The international oil conglomerates are extracting more oil from the US than they have since the 1970s, but the American citizens pay more for gas at the pump than they ever have. Because much of the oil extracted from the US is exported out, US citizens are paying higher, world oil prices. Gasoline has cost the American consumer more than $3 a gallon, for close to a record 1,200 days. No one, other than Big Oil, wins, if someday the citizens of Kure Beach look out to an ocean full of oil rigs, like they see of the beach in Santa Barbara, CA.

  • taxpayer says:

    owen money,

    It is against Federal law for oil companies to export crude oil.

    If you would take the time to do some quality research, other than pulling your information from left-wing, tree-hugging websites, you’d do yourself a favor and decrease the need for others to point out your fallacy of belief.

  • D.M. Hunter says:

    This story should be front page news across globe. It addresses so many issues of importance and on so many levels: The first of which is the harmful impact seismic testing has on marine life and the ever increasing need of support for coastal protection needed everywhere from this testing. The second is the need for local opinion to always be weighed-in on when an issue with such magnitude is presented to local jursidictions. Particularly issues that can impact an area’s environment and marine life. Diablo Canyon’s seismic testing proposal was rejected by The California Coastal Commission. There needs to be powerful representation here on the Atlantic front. One that roadblocks any “railroad” attempts at passing allowances that are counterproductive to the preservation and balance of our natural resources. Representation that is a true voice for the people and one that serves to be ever watchful and protective of our ocean’s timeless and life sustaining value. The time is now to protect our pristine Atlantic Ocean and the life therein.

  • Jenn says:

    Hi Taxpayer!
    Left- wing tree hugger here, if you’re gonna call names. Anyhow was doin some “quality” research on the congressional ban from the 70’s, well what do you know as with everything there are loop holes some of which government officials, lobbyists, and corps seem to be enjoying and exemptions ie; Cook Inlet AK, all oil goin to Canada, no ban on re exporting foreign oil, ohhhh, no ban on exporting oil once we’ve refined it into gasoline and diesel which we are doin in record amounts according to the rather large graph that is in the article.
    So next time you want to tell someone their beliefs are wrong or they don’t know how to do research you may want to look up some better articles for your apparent side, instead of spouting off, well … Half cocked.

  • D.M. Hunter says:

    In my previous post pertaining to this issue needing a voice for the people, I wanted to bring attention to the ocean advocacy groups who not only provide a voice but also provide the much needed research with their tireless advocacy, work and support. Thank you for all that you do and thank you for bringing much needed awareness to the impacts of seismic testing/air gun effects on marine life. The comment was meant to focus on representation for the people from elected officials(i.e. government) which could offer another layer of support.

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