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Trump administration approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling, including off Maryland coast

Trump administration approves seismic surveys for Atlantic drilling, including off Maryland coast

The Trump administration on Friday authorized use of seismic air guns to find oil and gas formations deep underneath the Atlantic Ocean floor, reversing Obama administration policies and drawing outrage from critics who say the practice can disturb or injure whales, sea turtles and other marine life.

The National Marine Fisheries Service said it has authorized permits for five companies to conduct surveys from Delaware to central Florida.

The surveys are part of President Donald Trump's bid to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, a plan that has drawn opposition from East Coast lawmakers and governors, including in Maryland, for possible harms to commercial fishing and...

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