UNDATED (AP) — New Jersey is asking a federal appeals court to block a seismic research plan involving blasting the ocean floor with loud sound waves.
The state Department of Environmental Protection asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday for an injunction to block the research, which is strenuously opposed by environmental, fishing and other groups.
They say the loud noises could harm or kill marine life including turtles, dolphins and whales.
A federal judge denied New Jersey’s request to block the research earlier this week.
A federal government lawyer said there won’t be any long-term harm to sea life because of the study of sediments deposited at the sea floor.
The court has not indicated when it will issue a ruling.