STATE – As the Department of Interior holds a hearing on a draft plan for oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean, the New Jersey Sierra Club renewed its opposition to drilling off the coast.
The group’s main concern is that federal officials would not be releasing a proposed seismic testing plan if there were no plans to drill. It has been two years after the BP disaster and we are not any safer, according to the New Jersey Sierra Club. Drilling off our coast is a huge risk that could harm the environment, tourism industry, and economy of New Jersey, according to the environmentalist group.
“This testing is unnecessary and does environmental damage by impacting sea mammals and marine life. The only reason for this testing is so that they could drill later otherwise it is not logical for oil companies to waste this type of money,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “It is test baby test to drill baby drill.”
Seismic testing alone posses many issues showing to disrupt marine life and animals especially whales and dolphins, according to the New Jersey Sierra Club. It has also been seen to cause commercial fishing catch rates to decrease dramatically.
“We cannot trust big oil with our energy future. Even if the odds were one in a million, it’s not worth the risk to our economy and to our environment,” Tittel said. “We cannot drill ourselves into energy independence. We have to explore new technologies for wind and wave power and remove obstacles that stand in the way of clean energy.”
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