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10 TUESDAY,FEBRUARY 12- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette Seismic Continued from page 9 Delaware's congressional del- egation opposing anyseismic testing off the Atlantic Coast. The issue has been raised during recent U.S. Senate committee hearings. Kathy Pickens of Lewes said she is a concerned citizen who intends to write local leaders and let them know her concerns with seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast. "There is an estimate that there are only 400 right whales left in the wild. Just this past week an advisory was issued to boaters to slow their engines, as right whales have been sighted in the mouth of the Delaware Bay. It seems that we are working with a conflict here," Pickens said. Region not yet subject to leasing In August, the Obama admin- istration approved an Outer Continental Oil and Gas Leas- ing Program for 2012-17. The program makes all areas with the "highest-known resource po- tential available for exploration and development," according to a Bureau of Ocean Energy Man- agement report. There are six offshore areas listed for potential lease sales, primarily in the Gulf of Mexico and areas near Alaska. The At- lantic coast is not subject to leasing under the program. Still, the area could be tested for po- tential oil and gas reserves as early as 2013, the report states. BOEM held public hearings last year in Wilmington as part of its programmatic environmental impact statement - a process re- quired before testing is allowed in the Mid-Atlantic, BOEM's website states. The draft plan fo- cuses on allowing testing in the Mid-Atlanic area, where Lewes is the northernmost point. The area runs south to about mid- Florida, according to a BOEM map. As BOEM moves forward with proposed testing along the Mid- Atlantic seaboard, it states it will use its impact statement to comply with the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. John Filostrat, a spokesman for BOEM, referred to a link at www. Program/GOMR/GandG.aspx for a list of companies that have applied for permits to explore and test off the East Coast for oil and gas reserves. Of the six companies listed, four are based in Texas, one in Britain and an- other in Norway. 1 50% off all Diamond & Gemstone Beautiful Silver Jewelry q) Skagen Watches 20% off Seiko & Citizen Watches On-Premises Expert Jewelry Repair We pay highest prices for your gold. Jewelry Whales white patches on their heads. They have paddle-shaped flippers and no dorsal fin - a Continued from page 9 characteristic that makes them and Rehabilitation Institute easy to spot, Thurman said. Executive Director Suzanne Grown whales are 50 feet long Thurman said she heard the and weigh up to 70 tons. A calf whales were sighted but has no is 14 feet long at birth. They further information. She said are baleen whales that feed on mother right whales are known zooplankton and other sea life to bring their yearling calves to by skimming the surface of the the Delaware Bay in order to water. Experts believe they live wean them and teach them how about 50 years, but there are to feed themselves, indications that some could live North Atlantic right whales more than 100 years. are an endangered species; ex- For more information, go to perts estimate fewer than 500 remain, species/mammals/cetaceans/ The whales are black with rightwhale_northatlantic.htm. THIS IS MISS DELAWARE 2013 MISS DELAWARE ALYSSA MURRAY was misidentified in the Feb. 8 edition of the Cape Gazette in a photo of her taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics of Delaware. ~Nelcome to a new way of living i Dewey Beach, DE Introducing The ResidenceS' at "~]ghthouse Cove Dewey Beach. an exclusive collection of penthouse resiaences that will feature sunrise and sunset views over the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay from every un,t. located atop the new Hyatt Place Dewey Beach. With construction on the new hotel and residences already underway, our sales gallery and model are now open to the public. Located on-site, take a tour of our furnished 3-bedroom " model and experience the grandeur of your new beach-side residence. Contact the sales office today and make an appointment to see these amazing residences that feature picturesque views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay. For the best selection of homes schedule your appointment by ca ng 302.212.0002.