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Endangered Whales v. Hunt for Oil and Gas Roils House Hearing

March 7, 2019, 10:49 PM

Sharp partisan divides emerged in a March 7 hearing on the endangered right whale, whose survival is central to a debate on offshore oil and gas drilling.

To Democrats on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, the whale is being sacrificed to fossil fuel companies that want to conduct seismic tests that could injure and possibly kill the mammals.

Last December, the Trump administration granted initial authorization for five companies to conduct the tests.

Seismic surveys use airguns dragged behind boats that fire loud acoustic signals through the water and subsea geologic layers in...

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