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ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL (AP) — A decision by the Obama administration is going to be welcomed by the oil industry, but not by environmentalists.

The administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration. It gave final approval today to the use of sonic cannons that can find energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

It will mean plenty of new jobs — but environmentalists are worried about the short-term and long-term impacts.

Scientists say the sonic cannons endanger marine life. They say whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to feed and communicate with family groups, and that even fish and crabs navigate and communicate by sound.

And a spokeswoman for the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League asks, “Do we really want to see these offshore rigs set up?”

But the agency that gave the approval today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, says it’s a “balanced approach” that will allow the exploration of offshore resources while protecting the environment.

The sonic cannons are already in use in the western Gulf of Mexico and other offshore oil operations around the world.

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10 Comments on "Obama administration opens East Coast to oil, gas search"

2015 years 10 months ago

Yeah! This mean gas prices may go down in a few years and you libs don’t have to drive those nerdy hybrids I see all the time in my rear view mirror.

2015 years 10 months ago

I am more liberal than conservative and I have said for years that if there are energy resources here, let’s go after them. Forget the tree huggers and turtles. I think this is one issue a lot of both sides will welcome.

2015 years 10 months ago

Obama is out of touch with reality. He only cares about himself and his wealthy friends.

Heimie Schmelter
2015 years 10 months ago

…about this one! Every tree-hugging, mean-green machine environmentalist there is will come out now!

Guest Reality
2015 years 10 months ago

Erik, I hope your post was sarcastic. Timekeeper has his head in the sand. The oil business is a world market now. None of the business types are in business to take care of fellow Americans anymore. It’s dog eat dog, whoever can make fast bucks. This is the New World Order and we’re surrounded by these types. The best thing Americans can do for their selves is to let big oil choke on their product. This isn’t a Democrat Republican issue, they’re both going to favor big money.

2015 years 10 months ago

If anybody thinks an oil strike in the ocean will bring prices down, think again. The oil fields in N.D. hasn’t helped bring them down. It’s all politics. We just keep making the oil countries richer.

Gloria Verhey
2015 years 10 months ago

I have seen many comment at different sites with many good reason on both sides to & against ,the one that came to my mind immediately when I heard the news was the fault lines lines running all along the coast of NC & SC & the large fault line 100 miles off the coast of NC With that great great great sonic boom they are going to use ,who knows,maybe someone with more knowledge can study this Thank you

guest 1980
2015 years 10 months ago

Kinda of funny how people think gas and oil will get cheaper if we have more gas and oil ……its not we need more gas and oil we need more refineries ….do some research and find out when the last one was built….and I’m a firm believer that all the excess oil and gas if found will just be capped off or shipped over seas……once you pay $3 or $4 or $5 for an item you will always pay that amount and more….just look st the BC water department….there is a minimum if you use it or not…..

2015 years 10 months ago

Finally this moron has come to his senses. He should also go ahead and approve the windmill farms 5 miles off shore. The old argument from the rich folks at Wrightsville Beach that they would be unsightly is only that. Dumb rich people who are used to getting whatever they want. I don’t know anyone that can stand on the beach and see 5 miles off shore do you? We can as the USA not have to buy any foreign oil products what so ever! Let’s go hunting!

2015 years 10 months ago

to come of this. Just because they’re exploring doesn’t mean they’ll find anything.
And finally keep in mind that the oil/gas has to be easily recoverable, and in plentiful supply – otherwise the oil companies will not go after it.
Now that fracking is allowed in NC what happened? Gas company’s are working in the Baaken field and the new one in California because supplies there are big making it more profitable.

don’t jump for joy yet. If we find some good for us. If not then ……..



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