An Obama administration plan to allow energy companies to search for oil off the Atlantic coast is drawing sharp criticism from advocates for marine life. At a rally in downtown Savannah Tuesday a coalition of environmental groups said, the proposal known as seismic air gun testing could destroy endangered right whales and sea turtles.
Federal officials want researchers to explore just how much oil and natural gas is off Georgia's coast. The research would be the first in decades to take stock of potential oil and natural gas in the South Atlantic. Backers say, developing such resources would make the country more energy-independent.