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Kure Beach Mayor Criticized For Seismic Testing

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File photo a beach in North Carolina. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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KURE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people at a beach town in southeastern North Carolina are upset with the mayor’s decision to support seismic testing for oil and gas off the coast.

Hundreds crowded the Kure Beach Town Hall Monday night to complain about Mayor Dean Lambeth’s letter.

Lambeth signed a letter last month written by America’s Energy Forum, a lobbying group backed by the American Petroleum Institute.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is considering a proposal to use air guns to determine whether oil and gas deposits are located beneath the ocean floor off the Atlantic.

Conservationists worry the testing would disrupt migrating North Atlantic right whales, loggerhead sea turtles and other species.

Some residents complained Lambeth signed the letter without getting public input.

Lambeth did not address the meeting.

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