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Groups oppose using air guns to help find oil in Atlantic

Greenville Online -- CHARLESTON — Conservation groups oppose using air guns to search for oil and natural gas off the Atlantic Coast.

Katie Parrish of Oceania, a group working protect the world’s oceans, told a Charleston news conference Tuesday that the guns are so loud they could deafen ocean mammals.

The guns shoot compressed air into the water so researchers can map oil and gas deposits beneath the ocean. Representatives of the South Carolina Aquarium and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy attended the news conference.

Andy Radford of the American Petroleum Institute says air guns have been used for decades and there’s never been a documented case of a sea creature killed by them.

He says the industry uses mitigation such as slowly increasing the air gun intensity so sea creatures can swim away


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teenitup
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:12:31 AM

Good idea NYoutlaw.
A_NY_Outlaw
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:01:39 PM

This would be fine if the conservation groups want to pay the difference for the increase in fuel prices because we are handcuffed by our liberal king Obama and his minions.
gasoutherneagle
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 3:27:02 PM

My friend Katie is so full of BS. Disregard anything she implies or says!
geezrtek
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:43:32 AM

OK
bullseye100
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:30:40 AM

Sound does travel very well under water. Maybe the environmentalist have a point.
ZeroBoxes
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:28:59 AM

What are other options? Ground Penetrating RADAR?
cheli2010
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:20:50 AM

Interesting....I did not know Mammals had ears...
TXryder
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:18:15 AM

Saw the documentary about how those oil exploration air guns are causing massive beach whale occurrences on the Atlantic shores of Europe and Greenland sector of the globe.

BlueVanGroup
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:13:59 AM


Environmentalists have a clear message:

* We can't keep doing what we're doing now.

* We can't do anything else.
2granny
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:10:06 AM

WOW! What next?
Samo1961
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:04:07 AM

Am I missing something here, it's just air.
AriesMMD
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:02:11 AM

"Big Brother" is protecting oceans?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Just send a politican down...lol
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:01:41 AM

Where is the no tax group?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:01:02 AM

Lot better than what comes from Washington, DC in the form of noise.
achung53
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:00:43 AM

Survival of the fittest.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:00:26 AM

It's air
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:59:24 AM

no one is happy 100% of the time
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:59:21 AM

What about the damage to the public by political hot air blasts?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:59:11 AM

Why can't they initialize the air discharge lower to the ocean floor, thus protecting the hearing of oceanic life? I'm not a tree hugger, but to flippantly concur with damaging the hearing of something dependant on sonar, is too much of an ethical stretch.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:59:07 AM

Are these type of groups ever in favor of doing anything besides doing nothing?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:58:55 AM

Ohkay!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:58:41 AM

Increasing intensity so they can move away. That settled it for me.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:57:28 AM


Many articles start out, "Conservation groups oppose __________."
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:53:04 AM

Oh, so the tree huggers are now becoming squid huggers?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:52:32 AM

????????????
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Save the Bubbles!
pper
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:51:16 AM

Why do we care more for animals than humans?
BigHorne1
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:50:10 AM

Want to hear about if they find more oil, we will see guarantee prices at the pump at under two dollars a gallon. I am tired of supporting all this oil exploration and drilling and our gas prices at the pump are over two dollars a gallon. NO other country that is drilling this much oil, charges their citizens this much per gallon. I say again that is drilling as much as we are.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:50:08 AM

Groups oppose using air guns to help find oil in Atlantic..

If under water it should not make any noise. But probably would create a lot of vibration in the immediate area....
LtRTH
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:50:07 AM

Where are the facts to back up their claim. That all these groups ever seem to do, make claims without any real cold hard facts to back them up.

[Edited by: LtRTH at 2/7/2013 10:50:32 AM EST]
Bad_Petroleum
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:49:21 AM

Get ear muffs for the ocean mammals
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:49:13 AM

Have to understand human nature. There will always be a 'group' that will oppose anything. Probably a group somewhere that opposes motherhood.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:49:08 AM

This looks like a bad practice.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:48:40 AM

take care the animals please
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:46:43 AM

If air guns are not allowed then do it the old fashioned way: dynamite.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:45:18 AM

depends on who you believe.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:40:18 AM

"haven't these people ever heard of the dolphins and whales hurling themselves onto shores. You can't tell me they aren't affected. Dummies."

OK, so where is the proof that it is being caused by air guns?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:40:14 AM

Who wins? Not everyone does.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:38:31 AM

Well, I guess you can't make everyone happy.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:36:38 AM

According to the GREEN WEENIES, both breathing and hearing are bad for your health.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:35:20 AM

Is it me, or did the article only seem to be getting starting? Where's the rest of the interview? Where is the rebuttle, the back and forth between the various groups? I don't think this was well written at all.
bigtravelerPA
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:32:58 AM

Didn't know that ocean animals had ears
BudsterMO
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:30:35 AM

Maybe this, maybe that, ?????, ZZZZZZZZZ.
VomVom
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:28:38 AM

Why don't the liberal left eco-terrorists produce some data and proof that the air guns will harm ocean mammals?
VernonOR
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:21:05 AM

Caused by the world thirst for oil, so lets keep working on alternative energy.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:20:57 AM

we can always get OSHA involved to issue an order to all the sea mamuals for hearing protection. that should not add too much to the national debt that this administration is racking up.
NightRider
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:20:13 AM

"Andy Radford of the American Petroleum Institute says air guns have been used for decades and there’s never been a documented case of a sea creature killed by them." What was the problem again?
sleuth696
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:20:10 AM

Maybe they could put a 'silencer' on the air gun?
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:19:13 AM

Try it in their back yard
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:17:00 AM

Interesting. There is a cost involved with all energy exploration and we can't afford to kill ecosystems in the pursuit of energy.
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