TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Scientific research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves can go ahead despite an effort by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to halt it, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The project, years in the making, emerged suddenly last week as a major public issue in New Jersey as commercial fishermen and environmentalists spoke up about worries that sea life could be harmed by it.
The research by scientists at Rutgers University and other institutions is being done with federal funding and from a federal research vessel. It seeks to study sediments that have accumulated at the ocean floor during periods of sea-level change over the last 60 million years.
The plan is to complete a three-dimensional map of part of the ocean floor that may offer clues as to what could happen as the ocean rises.