Carolina Beach council opposes seismic testing

The Associated Press

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CAROLINA BEACH — The Carolina Beach Town Council is saying no to seismic testing for oil and gas off the North Carolina coast.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that the council approved the resolution unanimously Friday, the day after a federal agency endorsed the process along the eastern seaboard.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Thursday endorsed the testing, noting that it would require oil and gas companies to adhere to strict environmental standards to protect marine life.

Seismic testing air guns shoot compacted air to the bottom of the ocean, creating sound waves that reflect geological formations. Conservationists worry the testing would disrupt migrating North Atlantic right whales, loggerhead sea turtles and other species.

Earlier, the Kure Beach Town Council was split on the issue and didn’t pass a resolution.