Don’t Block Seismic Tests During Court Fight, Feds Say

Law360 (March 14, 2019, 4:51 PM EDT) -- The federal government told a South Carolina federal court that it had carefully considered the potential harm to marine mammals from allowing oil and gas seismic testing off the Atlantic coast, arguing a request by environmental groups to halt the testing before it begins is misguided.

The National Marine Fisheries Service said it has spent years looking at the impact of the testing under three different federal environmental laws including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which largely prohibits the killing, injuring or harassment of marine mammals in U.S. waters. When the NMFS in November issued five incidental harassment authorizations sought by...

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