Seismic testing opponents meet in Cape May

Opponents of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean are meeting at the Cape May Convention Hall Monday.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
CAPE MAY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Opponents of seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean are meeting at the Cape May Convention Hall Monday. 

Vicki Clark, president of the Cape May Chamber of Commerce, says seismic testing is being planned to locate potential offshore oil and gas drilling sites. 

"We do not want this seismic blasting to be done in the Atlantic Ocean, period. We do not want it done off the coast of New Jersey," Clark said. 

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Clark says research shows there is little to no evidence to suggest that there are oil deposits there. The chamber and Clean Ocean Action have the unanimous support of elected officials on both sides of the aisle in fighting seismic testing. 

"In New Jersey, we love the Jersey shore. And we unite business, education, environment, Republicans and Democrats. We stand united in opposing this," Clark added. 

Clark says seismic testing will impact marine mammals, like whales and dolphins, as well as fish. She says the blasting will impact the fishing industry and recreation, like whale watching. If approved by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, seismic blasts could be conducted every ten seconds from Cape May to Cape Canaveral, Florida.