Environmental Science

Maryland leading challenge to Trump administration's decision allowing seismic testing off Atlantic coast

Maryland leading challenge to Trump administration's decision allowing seismic testing off Atlantic coast

Maryland is leading a group of nine Atlantic states in challenging the Trump administration's decision to allow energy companies to conduct thundering underwater seismic tests off the coast.

The states are joining a lawsuit filed by environmental groups in South Carolina last week.

Attorney General Brian Frosh said the seismic testing permits violate federal laws protecting endangered species and the environment. The booming tests, which could go on for months, would disrupt if not “devastate” whales, dolphins and other creatures that use sound to hunt and interact with each other, Frosh said Thursday while announcing the legal action at the National Aquarium in...

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