Oil and natural gas exploration protest no blast at all

Laura Otero (from left) is joined by her 11-year-old daughter Brianna Otero, as they and other protest at Marion Square against the possible future use of seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic Ocean. Buy this photo

A noise-making protest of oil and natural gas exploration offshore didn’t make much noise at all today.

The whistle-blowing demonstration at noon at Marion Square wasn’t loud enough to drown out traffic at the nearby King and Calhoun streets intersection.

But Katie Parrish, of Oceana, said the point was made by the fact that the city of Charleston wouldn’t permit the air horn protest she planned because it was too loud.

Environmental groups oppose the use of seismic guns to search for oil and natural gas offshore because the loudness would deafen and disorient sea creatures such as whales and dolphins. The guns would be far louder than the air horns.

More details in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier.

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