Federal judge considers halting NJ ocean blasting
By Associated Press

Updated Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:58pm

A federal judge is weighing a request from Gov. Chris Christie's administration to halt federally funded scientific research that includes blasting the ocean floor off the coast of New Jersey with sound waves.

The research by Rutgers University and the University of Texas has begun in recent days.

But the state government says it was not granted an adequate opportunity to evaluate the plan.

Some environmentalists have argued that the blasting could hurt marine mammals and fisheries.

A federal government lawyer told a judge on Tuesday that there will not be any long-term harm to sea life because of the study of sediments deposited at the bottom of the ocean. He also says the state had ample opportunity to weigh in.

A judge said he would rule Tuesday.

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