- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - In a story June 23 about the Jacksonville City Council’s vote on a resolution opposing offshore seismic testing, The Associated Press reported erroneously in its headlines that the council had supported the resolution. The vote was a tie and the resolution was rejected.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Jacksonville rejects resolution opposing offshore oil exploration

Jacksonville city officials reject resolution opposing Atlantic oil and gas exploration

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida’s largest city rejected a resolution opposing new oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.

Jacksonville’s City Council on Tuesday voted 9-9 on a resolution opposing the use of seismic air guns to search for oil and gas off Florida’s coast, citing environmental concerns.

More than 60 coastal cities from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Melbourne Beach, Florida, have passed similar resolutions, despite assurances from federal regulators and the oil industry that the surveys are safe.

Obama administration guidelines have opened the door for seismic air gun surveys in a vast swath of the Atlantic stretching from Delaware to Florida.

Supporters say new oil drilling could be an economic boon for the region, but marine scientists have warned of possible harm to right whales and other imperiled species.

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