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Attorneys General Fire New Salvo in Offshore Drilling Fight

Dec. 20, 2018, 4:02 PM

Attorneys general from eight coastal states are asking to intervene in a lawsuit aimed at blocking seismic surveys that could help pinpoint oil under Atlantic waters but also imperil whales and dolphins.

The move brings the heft and resources of top state law enforcement officials to a big fight over the future of oil and gas exploration along the U.S. East Coast.

“We’re protecting the interests of our states,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh in an interview. “This is a precursor to offshore drilling. And the dangers of offshore drilling and the frivolity of it when you look at...

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