WASHINGTON, D.C.-- A report out today from the Department of the Interior could open the way for seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. Such testing is the first step toward offshore dirty fuel development.
In response Athan Manuel, Sierra Club Director of Lands Protection, issued the following statement:
"Opening the door to drilling off the Atlantic coast is a poor decision. The government's own assessment has shown that seismic testing will injure or kill thousands of animals. And the risks will only grow if drilling moves forward, threatening coastal economies, sensitive shorelines, and our climate.
"The approaching anniversaries of the two biggest oil spills in U.S. history are stark reminders of the destructive legacy of dirty fuels and the need to take advantage of the clean energy options already available today. New energy projects should be focused on tapping the region's large offshore wind potential. Choosing clean energy will benefit coastal communities already dealing with the rising seas and severe storms brought by climate disruption; it will benefit tourism economies up and down the Atlantic coast; and will benefit the environment."
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