Join the Sierra Club and Oceana as we make a lot of noise on Saturday, Aug. 3 against seismic air gun blasting off our coast. Our seismic rally starts at 12 noon in front of the Waterside Marina located at 333 Waterside Drive in Norfolk, VA. We will spend 15 minutes using airguns and other noise-makers to simulate the seismic testing proposed in the Atlantic that will occur every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days to weeks at a time.
WHAT: Seismic Rally – Making noise against Atlantic air gun blasting
WHEN: Sat., Aug. 3, 12:00 to 1:30 pm
WHERE: Front of Waterside Marina, 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA (Click here for map.)
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What are seismic airguns?
Seismic airguns send compressed blasts of air shooting through the ocean to search for oil and gas deposits. The blasts are 100,000 times louder than a jet plane engine! The sound waves reflect back to the surface and are recorded to create a map of the ocean floor.
What are the risks to ocean life from seismic airgun testing?
For animals who depend on hearing for survival, like marine mammals, seismic airguns are devastating. The US Government estimates that 138,500 whales and dolphins will be injured, deafened, or killed. The highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, which lives exclusively off the East Coast, is particularly at risk: only about 500 individuals remain, and all of them will be affected by seismic testing!
What are the risks to coastal economies?
Seismic testing has been shown to displace economically valuable fish stocks—bad news for fishermen and the seafood industry! Add ocean-based tourism and recreation to fishing, and there are over 100,000 jobs (and billions of dollars in revenue) in Virginia that are directly dependent on the resources that seismic airguns threaten.
Seismic airgun testing is devastating to marine life and risks the livelihoods and income of thousands of Virginians. In addition, the process paves the way for offshore drilling and the potential for massive catastrophes like the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. We don’t need seismic airguns or drilling in Virginia!