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Did Obama Just Signal That He'll Open the Atlantic Coast to Drilling?

"The Interior Department said Friday that it will allow companies to use seismic air guns and other methods to gauge oil-and-gas resources underlying Atlantic Coast waters," National Journal reports.  

"The department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management finalized a plan that lays out a series of environmental restrictions—aimed at protecting marine life, such as whales, dolphins, and sea turtles—for companies seeking to look for oil in mid- and South Atlantic waters. A number of companies have applied for permits for testing that would update old estimates of oil and gas underlying the waters that have long been off-limits to drilling."  

"The plan is a blow to environmentalists who say that the underwater blasts will wreak havoc... Opponents of oil-and-gas development fear that the plan is a step toward allowing companies to start drilling off the Atlantic Coast."

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