By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Navy opposes state restrictions on an explosives and sonar training program off the Southern California coast that critics fear will threaten whales and other sea mammals, state regulators were told Friday.
The California Coastal Commission on Friday rejected a Navy explosives and sonar training program off the Southern California coast that critics said could harm endangered blue whales and other sea life.
With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana's coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from using seismic equipment that sends out underwater pulses known to disturb marine mammals.
"There are no other areas in the country or possibly the world where Navy activity will be as concentrated as here in Southern California," Jasny said. "It will be a real train wreck because this space is also shared by so many endangered species."
"Twice the commission has approved the Navy's plans but set reasonable conditions to protect coastal wildlife, and twice the Navy has spurned the commission's recommendations," said Michael Jasny with the Natural Resources Defense Council. "We think this time the commission should give us a stronger message and object to the Navy proposal and ask them to return with a more responsible plan that achieves military readiness and protects the coastal resources of this state."