APNewsBreak: NJ wants court to stop ocean research

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BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey environmental officials will seek a court order blocking a plan to carry out seismic research by blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.

The state Department of Environmental Protection tells the Associated Press the department will seek an injunction Thursday in federal court to block the research project.

Environmentalists, fishing groups and elected officials gathered on Long Beach Island Wednesday to oppose the plan by Rutgers University, the University of Texas, and the National Science Foundation for research on sediments deposited on the ocean floor by changing global sea levels dating back 60 million years.

Connie Barclay, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, says the agency acted after extensive scientific review of the plan. It also expanded zones where research would be prohibited.

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