Energy Company Seeks Permit to Harm and Harass Marine Mammals During Exploration

NextEra Energy Transmission MidAtlantic, LLC has applied to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for a permit that would allow the applicant to take marine mammals incidental to geophysical site characterization surveys off the coast of New Jersey. The affected marine mammals include seven whale species, five dolphin species, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and gray seals. NMFS is accepting public comments through June 8, 2022.