Nine States Seek To Stop Atlantic Seismic Testing

Attorneys general from nine U.S. states sued the Trump administration on Dec. 20 to stop future seismic tests for oil and gasdeposits off the East Coast, joining a lawsuit from environmentalists concerned the tests harm whales and dolphins.

The lawsuit, which names Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service as defendants, says the prospect of seeing marine mammals is an important draw for tourists to the states and helps coastal economies.