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Trump-Era Gulf Seismic Surveys Endanger Whales, New Lawsuit Says

July 22, 2021, 7:19 PM

The Trump administration illegally approved seismic surveys to help find oil and gas off the Gulf of Mexico that threaten to “unnecessarily harm hundreds of thousands of marine mammals” including an endangered whale, environmental groups say in a Thursday filing in a Maryland federal court.

The federal government’s approvals violated the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and National Environmental Policy Act, according to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity, Surfrider Foundation, and two other groups say the animal most at risk is the ...

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