Miranda Cosgrove heads to Capitol Hill to advocate for marine mammals
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WE HEAR: “School of Rock” star Miranda Cosgrove is poised to rock Capitol Hill, pushing lawmakers to protect marine mammals.

The 24-year-old singer and former Nickelodeon “iCarly” actress, along with reps from Oceana and other conservation advocacy organizations, will head to the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday to lobby Congress to defend the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Proponents of the legislation say it provides “vital protections for marine mammals like dolphins, whales and seals for 45 years.”

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The SECURE American Energy Act, which passed the House Natural Resources Committee last week, would, among other things, set a new deadline for federal officials to approve MMPA permits and could potentially make it both easier for offshore drillers and companies doing seismic testing for oil and gas to get permits and harder to block the permits due to potential harm to mammals.

“Dolphins and whales need sound to find food, to communicate, to live,” Cosgrove told ITK in a statement. “Seismic airgun blasts could silence dolphins and whales, and their songs. Let’s keep dolphins and whales singing, let’s defend the MMPA.”

Timothy Cama contributed.