Plans To Conduct Ocean Testing Faces Fierce Opposition At The Jersey Shore

CBS Philly

By Cleve Bryan

BARNEGAT LIGHT, NJ – As more than 100 people gathered to oppose a geological study off the coast of New Jersey the state announced it will seek a court order to block the potentially disruptive research.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection through the state will seek an injunction in federal court Thursday to stop a research vessel positioned about 15 miles off of Long Beach Island from sending out blasts of sound against the ocean bottom.

The Rutgers University study uses acoustic imaging to create a 3-D map of sediments from millions of years ago during periods dramatic sea level rise. The goal is to gain insight into future sea level rise.

Environmental groups, fishermen and numerous politicians all oppose the project since the sound blasts could disrupt marine life including breeding whales and dolphins.

“I’m concerned about the bottlenose dolphins which are having their babies…

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