Kure Beach votes on seismic testing

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Submitted: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 2:43am
Updated: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:36am

Wilmington, N.C. (WWAY)- Kure beach’s town council won’t say no to seismic testing.

“We need to find out what’s out there,” said Kure Beach Mayor Dean Lambeth in support of seismic testing, “that’s all we need to do is just test and find out what’s out there.”

Lambeth along with two of his colleagues on council voted not to adopt a resolution officially opposing the offshore testing.

Seismic testing uses sound waves to identify oil and gas reserves off of the coast.

A spirited debate broke out in the meeting after the vote. Supporters of the resolution say seismic testing will harm marine life.

“Well I mean if you were gonna (sic) go to a gun range you would wear ear protection which tells you that any kind of noise bothers our ears,” said Anne Terry, who is against seismic testing.

Saying the same applies to animals.

They went on the say Councilman Steve Pagley shouldn’t have voted because of his employer’s affiliation with the oil and gas industry.

However, that didn’t stop him from voting ‘no’ to the resolution.

We asked Pagley to comment on his vote but he declined. Both sides acknowledge the fight doesn’t end here.

“The Kure Beach town council no longer represents the views of the people of Kure Beach,” said Brady
Bradshaw, who helped to organize folks in support of the resolution, “and it is time to move on, to bigger and better ways that we can mobilize this movement against seismic testing.”

The federal government is considering whether to allow seismic testing permits.

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