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#1 Something new

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Posted March 26 2014 - 6:43 PM

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Environmental and fishing groups are opposing a plan by three universities and the National Science Foundation to carry out seismic blast tests on the ocean floor off the New Jersey coast this summer.

The groups say the tests could harm or kill marine life including dolphins, whales and many types of fish.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed granting permission for the tests, which would run from early June to mid-July about 15 miles off Barnegat Bay. The tests are designed to study the arrangement of sediments deposited on the ocean floor during times of changing global sea levels dating back 60 million years.

Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, said the group has opposed seismic testing for nearly 30 years because it can seriously harm marine life.

"We were shocked to see this authorization and find it seriously flawed," she said. "While we support scientific research, there are many questions about the need for this study, especially in light of the grave risk to marine life in such a large area."

Clean Ocean Action and other groups want an extended comment period and a public hearing on the plan.

A spokeswoman for Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory did not immediately respond to a request for comment today. According to documents filed with the fisheries service, the study aims to investigate features such as river valleys cut into coastal plain sediments now buried under nearly 3,300 feet of younger sediment and flooded by today's ocean.

The University of Texas and Rutgers University also would participate in the study.

The proposal calls for testing to occur from June 3 through July 9, although it could be extended.

Capt. Jim Lovgren, director of the Fisherman's Dock Cooperative in Point Pleasant Beach, questioned the value of the testing.

"Squid and summer flounder are very important fisheries and this is a key habitat area for them," he said. "It has been documented that marine life is impacted by seismic testing. What is the point of this study compared to the risks involved?"

The groups say seismic air guns and three other acoustic blast technologies that would be used in the study all have known potential to harm marine life.


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#2 Mr. Bigdeal

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Posted March 26 2014 - 6:52 PM

For what reason..................? Really.


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Posted March 26 2014 - 7:06 PM

Jersey can't catch a break :dismay:


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Posted March 26 2014 - 7:13 PM

Probably a drop in the bucket compared to the damage beach nourishment will do. At this point, just bomb the whole coast.


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Posted March 26 2014 - 7:42 PM

   It should be detonated under Pallones' chair. See if it will blow some of the



  sediment  that has settled over the years out from under his lazy ass.



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Posted March 26 2014 - 9:09 PM

15 mi. is right about the ridge, probably gonna kill a lot of fish


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Posted March 27 2014 - 11:29 AM

Wait and see what happens


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Posted March 27 2014 - 12:02 PM

So I'll be laying on the beach in Holegate waitin' for the wave to hit............................Really ?


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Posted March 27 2014 - 1:27 PM

Those 3 universities must be where the engineers from the Army COE go to school!


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Went to see the whatfixer.


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Posted March 27 2014 - 2:14 PM

If I didn't know better I'd think the Jersey Coast was getting Punked....


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Just b/c you CAN, doesn't mean you SHOULD....
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Posted March 27 2014 - 4:30 PM

My big question is - what are they looking to achieve by getting this data?  They are looking to see how rivers put sediment into the ocean, and how that sediment gets buried under the ocean floor.  Sooo, how is that useful to anyone?  Im sure there some intelligently-sounding reason.



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Posted March 28 2014 - 8:48 AM

Got to be some money in it. Pretty deep, but looking for oil?


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Posted March 29 2014 - 9:43 PM

I'm going to write a letter and make a call. Thanks for posting that. :(


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Posted July 09 2014 - 7:54 PM

Just read an article that the effort to stop this failed and it's been approved.

"will involve air gun blasts 11,500 feet underground that will reach sounds of 250 or more decibels and occur every five seconds, 24 hours a day, for a month. "

Not sure how bad that really is, surely doesn't help.


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Posted July 09 2014 - 8:22 PM

   It should be detonated under Pallones' chair. See if it will blow some of the
  sediment  that has settled over the years out from under his lazy ass.


LIKE LIKE LIKE I wish he would sleep with the fishes...


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