WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — The Trump Administration wants to look for oil and natural gas under the Atlantic Ocean using seismic air guns, a proposal that doesn’t sit well with a South Jersey congressman.
The National Marine Fisheries Service wants permits to use those air guns from Delaware to Central Florida. Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo is dead set against the proposal.
“This was started by President Obama while he was in office with his Department of Commerce,” LoBiondo told KYW Newsradio. “It was a dangerous and dumb idea then and it continues to be a dangerous and dumb idea now.”
The oil and gas industry is pushing for these surveys, and five companies have applied through the Interior Department to get those permits.
LoBiondo’s reasons for opposing the plan are mostly economic.
“Why would we want to take a risk on endangering our tourist season, endangering our fishing, commercial and recreational? It is beyond me, and there’s no good reason why, if they had to do this, it couldn’t be done in February,” he added.
He’s trying to get his colleagues in Congress to step up and voice their opposition, particularly in shoreline states that could be affected, in hopes that the White House will reconsider.