Seismic blasting

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 06 July 2016 04:00

Dear Editor,
This summer, millions of people will travel to North Carolina’s beaches for a summer getaway. Tourism is, in fact, one of North Carolina’s largest industries, and according to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, over 20% of North Carolina’s 2013 visitors traveled to the coast.
Seismic blasting would put North Carolina’s coastal tourism at risk. A big reason people come to our coast is to fish, or watch marine life, like dolphins and sea turtles. So seismic blasting threatens both 13 million marine animals, and the 51,000 tourism based jobs along the coast.. North Carolina cannot give in to the oil industry’s pressure to allow costly, unnecessary seismic blasting.
That is why Environment North Carolina is working to ban seismic blasting by hosting three Beach Days of Action. The Days of Action will give residents and tourists alike a platform to voice their concerns about blasting by signing petitions, tweeting photo petitions to President Obama, and educating the rest of the coastal community about the risks of seismic blasting. Join us from 10AM-2PM on July 11th, 12th, and 13th on Atlantic, Surf City, and Kure Beach, respectively, for some good old grassroots action!
Abigail Benjamin


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