(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration.
The approval of seismic surveys will enable the usage of sonic cannons that can locate where energy can be found beneath the ocean flood.
The initiative could create thousands of jobs for coastal states, but environmentalists and coastal residents are worried about the potential risks that come with offshore oil.
Susan Glickman of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says she is worried about the "hundreds of thousands of animals that could be hurt in the process of doing the testing to find out where the oil is."
But South Carolina State Senator Paul Campbell promises that safety is a priority.
"Safety is a paramount in what we do offshore," Campbell said. "I think the work that would be done could be done such that prudence can prevail and that there would be no oil spills off the east coast."
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