WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen Don Beyer (VA-08) and Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) on April 27, 2017 announced that they have introduced legislation to halt permits for seismic airgun blasting on the Atlantic seaboard. Petroleum companies use seismic blasting in their surveying process, but the practice has significant, adverse effects on marine species. The Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act would halt the practice.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who counts some 77,000 federal employees among his Northern Virginia constituents, wasted no time in responding. Beyer issued the following statement shortly after the president’s tweet.
In response to the Interior's website changes, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), who is Vice Ranking Member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, said that Zinke, along with the agency he oversees, "must take climate change seriously."
"Through its control of resource extraction," Beyer added, the Interior "also shapes the US impact on climate. All of these effects are related, and I urge Secretary Zinke, who was reasonable when he served with me on the Natural Resources Committee, to be honest in his assessment of the impacts of climate change, and as open and diligent in his response as he can be."