Rehoboth Beach Votes No To Seismic Testing


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Rehoboth Beach commissioners pose with a Don’t Drill Our Coast sign … Kathy McGuiness, Paul Kuhns, Lorraine Zellers, Pat Gossett, and Toni Sharp.

Tonight the Rehoboth Beach Town Council voted yes for a resolution against seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.  They are the 99th town on the East coast to vote for a resolution against seismic testing.  As you have read, seismic testing is being considered for the Atlantic Ocean.  Many groups are against this happening, including Oceana, the Assateague coastal trust, Surfrider Foundation and may citizens of coastal towns up and down the East coat.  This effort is a grass roots movement that has gained great momentum.  Allowing seismic testing off the Atlantic coast is not the entire issue, but it all starts with seismic testing which will be detrimental to marine life and the fishery in general.   I am personally against seismic testing as it will put a strain on an already stressed fishery in the Atlantic.  Without going into a huge amount of detail, drilling in the Atlantic ocean off the east coast could be very detrimental not just to the fishery but the environment as a whole.  Not to mention the impact it could have on tourism on the entire east coast.  Several Delaware coastal and inter-coastal towns are now considering a resolution to say no to seismic testing.  To put this into perspective you can view the presentation by Matt Heim of the Assateague coastal trust about why this would be detrimental to our coast.  Rehoboth Beach now joins Lewes Beach and Dewey Beach saying no to seismic testing.

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