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Sounding off on seismic testing

Residents of Kure Beach are reacting to President Obama's decision to open the Eastern Seaboard for energy exploration through seismic testing. (Source: WECT) Residents of Kure Beach are reacting to President Obama's decision to open the Eastern Seaboard for energy exploration through seismic testing. (Source: WECT)
KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) -

Residents of Kure Beach are reacting to President Obama's decision to open the Eastern Seaboard for energy exploration through seismic testing. Governor Pat McCrory has also expressed his support of The President's decision.

Some residents said the decision is short-sighted; they are concerned the country is behind the rest of the world in fuel efficiency.

"We're the greatest country in the world but we can't get away from fossil fuels," said concerned citizen Bev Veals.

The Mayor of Kure Beach said he feels validated knowing the President has decided to allow the testing. He has been openly supportive of seismic testing but gotten some heat for his decision from other citizens in Kure Beach.

"I"m very well pleased. And I think our folks on the seismic testing side will be vindicated once it gets started," said Mayor Dean Lambeth.

According to Mac Montgomery, Board member of the North Carolina League of Conservation, the decision came as a disappointment.

"I'm disappointed in the administration for doing it," said Montgomery. "I think at one point we will have to think about what the citizens who live here, will have to deal with, and the not political gains of a few individuals.

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