Seismic testing offshore Lowcountry for oil, gas gets federal environmental OK

By Bo Petersen

The Post and Courier

Federal regulators promise to keep a close watch over potential disruptions to whales, dolphins and other marine species if deafening air-gun blasts are allowed offshore to test for natural gas or oil.

But the concessions to protect the animals, made in a Bureau of Energy Management final environmental report, don't satisfy conservationists who wanted tougher restrictions and are alarmed over the potential consequences of exploration off shore from Delaware to Florida.

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