Stop Seismic Testing Off Our Shores

From our friends at Natural Resources Defense Council:


From our friends at SODA:


Five seismic companies have asked the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for Incidental Hazard Authorizations (IHA) to collectively blast over 90,000 miles of seismic lines in the Atlantic and “incidentally take” hundreds of thousands of whales and dolphins.

"Incidentally Take" = Harass, Injure or Kill

  • Seismic airguns blast every 10-15 seconds, 24 hrs/day for months
  • Explosive sounds travel thousands of miles and can severely impact marine mammals, like whales, that rely heavily on their sense of sound to navigate, feed and communicate
  • Seismic exploration has been attributed to 40%-80% declines in local fish catches
  • Under water, there is NO escaping the sound.



It's simple! Just click here to add your name to Oceana's petition asking NMFS to deny the Incidental Hazard Authorizations (IHA). 

Or take a few minutes to send your own comments. Tell NMFS that you oppose approving the IHAs because:

  • They will introduce an unprecedented amount of seismic noise into the mid- and south Atlantic.
  • The sum of 5 pending seismic applications equals over 90,000 miles of seismic lines which will collectively take over 900 days to complete -- or roughly 2.5 years of airgun explosions every 10-15 seconds, 24 hours per day.
  • The sound is known to travel over thousands of miles from the source, causing marine mammals to leave the area, resulting in disruption to their communication, feeding, mating and migration behaviors.
  • There is insufficient research to understand the long term impact of this concentration of seismic airgun noise on marine mammals in an area this size, over this extensive time frame.
  • The CUMULATIVE impact of all seismic surveys needs to be considered before any single IHA is allowed.

Address your comments to:  Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Physical comments should be mailed to 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and electronic comments should be sent


Note: Please limit your comments to the impact of seismic testing on marine life. Comments for or against offshore drilling will NOT be considered and may invalidate your submission.
Seismic Testing is Torturing Marine Life
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The SODA Mission is to prevent offshore seismic testing and drilling for oil and gas along the South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf. We are an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization formed because of our desire to protect and preserve the health and beauty of the Atlantic coast. We are business owners, engineers, clergy, fishermen, writers, realtors, former oil industry employees, lawyers, public servants, and concerned citizens of South Carolina. 

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From our friends at Conservation Voters of South Carolina:

This 4th of July, many of us will travel to South Carolina’s beaches to enjoy and celebrate our independence with the ocean in full view. We are naturally drawn to our state’s coast due to the tremendous beauty and recreational opportunities it offers. Unfortunately, all of that is at risk.  

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is reviewing five permits from seismic companies seeking approval to blast over 90,000 miles of seismic lines in the Atlantic. Seismic testing involves using industrial-sized airguns to blast compressed air into the ocean floor to map oil and gas deposits. The sound is deafening and travels for miles. The negative effect this has on dolphins, whales, and other aquatic wildlife is extraordinary. Testing would go on for twenty four hours a day, seven days a week until completed.  

If these companies are allowed to proceed, 3.1 million aquatic animals will be affected, with hundreds of thousands expected to be injured or killed. Furthermore, seismic testing is expected to hurt commercial and local fishing industries, reducing catches by 40-80% and dramatically affecting our $6 billion coastal tourism economy.  

Seismic testing is bad for local wildlife and bad for our coastal economy. The NMFS is accepting comments on this issue until July 6th. Take action now to prevent seismic testing off of our coasts.

What will come after is even worse. Seismic testing is the gateway to offshore drilling.  Despite the fact that over 120 East-Coast communities have come out against offshore drilling in the Atlantic, it was put back on the table in May of 2017 after it was removed from long-range plans in 2016. Since the May announcement, state and local leaders have spoken out against offshore drilling, including Rep. Mark Sanford and Gov. Henry McMaster. Their voices have been joined by the thousands of advocates who agree that we must stop the threat of offshore drilling.

There's still time to stop seismic testing and offshore drilling from coming anywhere near South Carolina. Urge the NMFS to DENY any seismic testing permits BEFORE July 6th.