Energy/Environment US allows sonic blasts in East Coast energy search, angering environmentalists (+video)

The Obama administration's decision to allow energy companies to conduct sonic testing along the East Coast renews the fierce debate pitting protection of marine life against the goal of energy security.

By , Staff writer

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The Obama administration's announcement Friday that it will allow oil and gas companies to apply for permits for underwater seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast set off familiar and bitter volleys between environmentalists and industry advocates.