Words by Juan Contla
Photos by Natasha Vega
Montclair State University welcomed Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez Center for Environmental and Life Sciences on Earth Day to introduce the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act, while being protected from offshore drilling the Atlantic Coast is still susceptible to seismic arigun blasts from fossil fuel companies.
Seismic blasts are an alternative search for oil. While it isn’t drilling into the ocean it’s still harmful for marine and offshore life. The senators have been the leaders in this fight to help maintain a safe ocean for all.
Sens. Booker and Menendez were accompanied by representatives for the tourism industry in New Jersey, who elaborated on the importance of the Jersey Shore to the state and to it’s tourism population. Sen. Menendez went on to state, “I believe that Senator Booker and my job is to ensure that future generations of New Jerseyans can ensure the birthright of going to the Jersey shore,”
With New Jersey being a coastal state jobs regarding the ocean are affected by the state of our ocean from fishing to tourism jobs. “We know the value of our oceans not just for our health and wellbeing which is a fundamental importance but to an economic strength and the economic wellbeing of our families and our communities.” said Sen. Booker.
“The tip of the iceberg is seismic testing; the tip of the iceberg is the Atlantic White Wale” said College of Science and Mathematics Dean, Robert Prezant, mentioning that human life isn’t the only life at risk. With history of oil spills, fossil fuel companies have yet to see in full strength what the costs of their alternatives are.
While the legislation isn’t law yet, both Sens. Booker and Menendez expressed their concern to make sure that Atlantic life and ecosystems are safe for all.