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House bill, backed by Coastal reps, bans ocean drilling

The House of Representatives has passed a ban on oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, fulfilling a campaign promise by Charleston freshman Congressman Joe Cunningham who vowed to voters he would protect the coast. The bill, H.R....

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SELC Statement on Drilling Ban

CHAPEL HILL, NC — After the House of Representatives passed the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, banning offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean and in other waters, the Southern Environmental Law Center released this statement: “The...

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Going Above & Beyond to Protect Our Coast

Spending time in the special places that inspire you is key to living a meaningful life. And in Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver’s nearly two decades of practicing environmental law, she’s learned that it’s also key to a fulfilling career. To understan...

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Drilling opposition is truly bi-partisan, S.C. leaders say

Local, state and federal leaders gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday to say that, despite political disagreements on a number of issues, opposition to offshore drilling and seismic blasting has united many representatives from both part...

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Seismic permits threaten future of North Atlantic right whales

The seven right whale calves researchers spotted in waters off the Southeast United States this year were a welcome increase from the previous calving season when none were born, but not nearly enough to relieve scientists’ worries about the species’...

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Carolinas object to seismic blasting

State agencies in North and South Carolina have found that seismic blasting proposed for the Atlantic Ocean is not in line with the states’ coastal management plans, erecting yet another hurdle for the Trump administration’s quest to allow this precu...

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Funding cut from Congress confirms growing drilling opposition

The House of Representatives has stepped in to block offshore drilling, sending a clear message to the Trump administration that the pursuit of oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean is against the wishes of a growing number of coastal communities and the...

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Funding cut reveals growing drilling opposition

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives has stepped in to block offshore drilling, sending a clear message to the Trump administration that the pursuit of oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean is against the wishes of a growing number of coastal...

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Congressman: Drilling delay a tactic to help Trump allies avoid “electoral poison”

In court and on Capitol Hill this month, the Trump administration made clear that it is still moving forward with permits for seismic blasting even as it delays finalizing their five-year oil and gas leasing plan. In a court filing in Charleston, th...

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Court filing renews commitment to Atlantic exploration

CHARLESTON, SC — In a court filing late Thursday, the federal government said it is “simply evaluating all its options,” when it comes to its drilling plan, appearing to soften previous comments from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that an Alaska...

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SELC cheers “indefinite delay” in drilling plan

After Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced Thursday that the Trump administration was indefinitely delaying its push to open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling, elected officials and communities in coastal states celebrated, and seized t...

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SELC Statement on Drilling Suspension

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — A temporary suspension of the Trump administration drilling plan, first reported in the Wall Street Journal after an interview with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, is being met with cautious enthusiasm by East Coast...

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South Carolina Senate bans oil infrastructure

The South Carolina Senate voted this session to ban the infrastructure needed for offshore drilling and seismic blasting, showcasing the state’s ongoing and bipartisan resistance to the Trump administration’s plans to open the Atlantic Ocean to petro...

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Motion filed to halt seismic blasting

A group of conservation organizations including SELC today asked a federal judge to block the start of harmful seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, a precursor to offshore drilling, until the case can be fully heard in court. The motion fo...

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SELC joins groups in filing motion to halt seismic blasting

CHARLESTON, SC – A group of conservation organizations including SELC today asked a federal judge to block the start of harmful seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, a precursor to offshore drilling, until the case can be fully heard in...

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Judge Bars Seismic Permits During Government Shutdown

CHARLESTON, SC — A federal judge has barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting during the shutdown, settling the confusion the government created by recalling workers to process oil-drilling matters while, at the same time,...

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Petroleum industry report inflates benefits of offshore drilling

A report from oil-industry lobbyists supporting offshore drilling relied on inflated numbers, speculative claims and overestimations, according to an economic analysis provided to SELC. As a result of those shortcomings, economics researchers said o...

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SELC sues to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic

Southern Environmental Law Center attorneys today joined a coalition of conservation groups in filing a lawsuit to stop the Trump administration from allowing companies to conduct seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. Several South Carolina...

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Groups Sue Feds to Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Leading environmental groups sued the federal government today to prevent seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. This extremely loud and dangerous process, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the...

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Coastal voices go unheeded as Trump administration approves seismic blasting permits

Ignoring the resolutions of more than 200 Atlantic Coast communities and the wishes of some of his biggest political supporters, President Donald Trump moved closer this week to exposing the Atlantic Ocean and Southeast coastal communities to the thr...

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SELC Statement on Reports the Trump Administration Will Issue Seismic Blasting Permits

Following reports that the Trump administration is preparing to issue permits needed for seismic blasting despite virtually unanimous coastal opposition, the Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement: “Permitting seismic...

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SELC op-ed: Offshore drilling, hurricanes are a dangerous mix for the Southeast

The following piece from Senior Attorney Catherine Wannamaker, highlighting the incredible risks of placing offshore drilling infrastructure in hurricane-prone waters, recently appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier. An excerpt of the article is b...

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New Report: Hurricanes and Offshore Drilling Would Be a Dangerous Combination for the Southeast

CHAPEL HILL, NC – As the Southeast rebuilds from Hurricane Florence and the damage compounded by Hurricane Michael, and while the Trump administration continues its push to open the Atlantic to offshore drilling, the Southern Environmental Law...

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Report shows Atlantic hurricanes, offshore drilling are a dangerous mix

Following on the heels of Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael hit already vulnerable communities throughout the Southeast in the midst of ongoing recovery efforts, a stark reminder that extreme weather events have become all too common for our coas...

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SELC, partners push back on attempts to weaken offshore drilling safety rules

As the Trump administration attempts to open the Atlantic to offshore drilling, conservation groups across the Southeast are pushing back on plans to simultaneously weaken the Well Control Rule, a critical offshore drilling safety measure put in plac...

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Federal officials getting an earful on offshore drilling as comment period ends

As the public comment period for the Trump administration’s offshore drilling plan comes to a close this Friday and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) public listening sessions wrap up, the window is closing to let officials know the East C...

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Hundreds in Richmond urge federal officials to protect our coast

Virginians’ only opportunity to speak out about the Trump administration’s proposal to allow offshore drilling off Virginia unfolded this week a hundred miles from the coast. But even so, the Richmond meeting organized by the Bureau of Ocean Energy...

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Virginians Stand Up to Trump Administration Offshore Drilling Plans at Richmond Public Meeting

RICHMOND, VA— Today, Virginians from coastal communities on the Eastern Shore to Virginia Beach are joining lawmakers from the Commonwealth in standing up to the Trump Administration and its plans to open our coast to offshore drilling. “This...

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Leadership in Atlanta, Georgia General Assembly join opposition to offshore drilling

After a seven-hour marathon meeting, the City of Atlanta unanimously voted to pass a resolution against offshore drilling and seismic testing this week. Atlanta City Council Unanimously Passes Legislation Opposing Drilling and Seismic Testing Off...

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SELC op-ed: Stop playing politics with our coast

Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver, leader of SELC's Coast and Wetlands Program, penned a quick rebuttal to the Department of Interior's stunning decision to remove Florida from its recently-released offshore drilling lease plan. An excerpt of the...

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Administration pulls Florida from offshore drilling proposal via Twitter

After talking with @FLGovScott, I am removing #Florida from the draft offshore plan. pic.twitter.com/lZIfdCDNOR — Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) January 9, 2018 Late yesterday in a stunning announcement via Twitter, Interior Secretary...

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Administration Playing Politics by Only Removing Florida from Offshore Drilling Plan

WASHINGTON – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement after Secretary Zinke announced he planned to remove Florida from the administration’s draft five-year offshore drilling plan, after opposition from...

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Trump Administration’s Plan for Offshore Drilling Threatens Southeast Communities

WASHINGTON – The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its draft five-year offshore drilling plan, proposing to open the Mid- and South Atlantic to risky drilling....

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Trump administration plan for Atlantic offshore drilling puts Southeast communities at risk

The Trump administration announced its draft five-year offshore drilling plan, proposing to open the Mid- and South Atlantic to risky drilling off our coast. “Today’s announcement by the Trump administration willfully ignores coastal governors,...

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Protecting Atlantic waters from seismic blasting’s “storm of noise”

Marine scientist Christopher Clark has been listening to the world’s oceans for more than forty years. Off the coast of Virginia, using simple underwater microphones, the Cornell University bioacoustics expert has heard the rumblings of blue whales...

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SELC op-ed: Atlanta’s voice needed to fight offshore drilling

As Georgia coastal communities continue to recover and rebuild from two major hurricanes that have hit the coast within the past year, these storms represent one more reason why offshore drilling has no place off Georgia’s waters. To be successful...

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With Governors Stacked Against Offshore Drilling, the Coast Has Spoken

Charlottesville, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement after Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe came out against the Trump administration’s plan to consider offshore drilling in the Atlantic, including off...

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With Governors stacked against offshore drilling, the coast has spoken

Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe came out against the Trump administration’s plan to consider offshore drilling in the Atlantic, including off Virginia’s coast. Gov. McAuliffe joins North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and South Carolina...

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Offshore drilling plan threatens Southeast, ignores overwhelming opposition

Today on behalf of more than 70 organizations, representing thousands of businesses and citizens, SELC submitted comments asking the Trump administration to reject offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The comments said: “Opening the Atlantic to...

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Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan Threatens Southeast, Ignores Overwhelming Opposition

Washington, D.C.– The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) submitted comments today in response to the Trump administration’s request for information (RFI) on a new five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program.  Just last year, the Obama...

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#StickIt to offshore drilling

With summer here and many visitors heading to our treasured beaches, SELC is launching a campaign to #StickIt to offshore drilling. This campaign provides regular reminders of just how much is at stake if the Trump administration succeeds in its...

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SELC looks to stop seismic blasting in Atlantic, a precursor to drilling

Today SELC joined national and local organizations, Atlantic coast states, local communities, and leading scientists in calling on the Trump administration to deny five draft permits for seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic coast. These permits...

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North Carolina Governor announces opposition to offshore drilling

Today North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said he had four words on offshore drilling: Not on our coast. His announcement brings him in line with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who both recently stated...

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Governor Cooper Joins More Than 125 Coastal Communities in Opposing Offshore Drilling

Chapel Hill, N.C.- The following is a statement by Sierra Weaver, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center regarding today’s announcement by North Carolina Governor Cooper that he is joining more than 125 coastal communities in...

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Time to tell Trump administration, again, we don’t want offshore drilling

Today, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) at the Department of the Interior issued a formal Request for Information asking governors in the Southeast and the general public for input on whether their respective states should be included in...

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Virginia Beach votes to oppose offshore drilling

Virginia Beach, once a holdout among coastal cities publicly staking out no-drilling stances, this week voted to oppose oil and gas exploration and seismic testing in its offshore waters. The move is a remarkable turnaround for a city council that...

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Trump administration gets closer to Atlantic seismic blasting with exemptions for marine life harm

The Trump administration continued trying to clear the way for seismic blasting—a precursor to heavily opposed offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast—with five draft “Incidental Harassment Authorizations” issued today. These documents...

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SELC, partners intervene to defend Atlantic coast from seismic blasting

Update (5/12/17): President Trump filed his America First Offshore Energy Policy, initiating federal consideration of shelved permit applications for seismic testing in the Atlantic, the first step toward drilling. SELC awaits the board's response...

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Southern Groups Intervene to Defend Atlantic Coast from Seismic Blasting

Washington, D.C.—Conservation groups today moved to intervene in an industry challenge to the federal government’s denial of permits for seismic testing in the Atlantic.  The Southern Environmental Law Center filed today’s motion on behalf of the...

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Businesses, Former Navy Base Commander: Offshore Drilling a Threat to Economy, Military

Virginia Beach, VA — A coalition of business leaders and a former Navy base commander said today President Trump’s executive order directing a “review” of offshore drilling protections in the Atlantic Ocean is a threat to the city’s tourism economy...

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Trump Executive Order aims to open Atlantic to dangers of offshore drilling

An Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump today looks to reopen the issue of offshore drilling in the Atlantic. The order instructs the Department of Interior to review the decision of the previous administration to exclude the Southeast...

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Despite Coastal Opposition, Trump Administration Aims to Open Atlantic to Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C. – The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement after the Department of Interior announced plans to reconsider offshore drilling leases off the Atlantic Coast, despite fervent opposition from coastal...

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Still not worth the risk

As the Trump administration reportedly prepares to restart consideration of offshore drilling in the Atlantic, coastal residents up and down the Eastern seaboard are reminding this president what they told the last: No drilling off our coast. As...

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Officials deny Atlantic seismic permits following overwhelming opposition

In a move welcomed up and down the East Coast today, a federal agency denied permits for Atlantic seismic blasting, a precursor to offshore oil and gas drilling. Seismic airgun blasting—used to survey the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits—has...

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Following Overwhelming Opposition from the Atlantic Coast,  Seismic Testing Permits Denied

Washington, D.C.— Following overwhelming opposition to Atlantic drilling from coastal communities, businesses, and the military, and a recent decision to block expansion of drilling by the Obama administration, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean and Energy...

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New Atlantic drilling protections don’t extend to much of Southeast

The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will permanently protect 3.8 million acres of the Atlantic Ocean from oil and gas development, removing 31 Atlantic canyons from any offshore drilling activity. But to the disappointment of...

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New climate change guidelines make for better decision-making

Today the Obama Administration released guidelines on how federal agencies should consider climate change when assessing proposed projects. The guidelines, which apply to all federal projects reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act,...

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S.C. mayors urge Obama to block seismic blasting

Mayors from 15 coastal South Carolina towns and cities delivered letters to President Obama, urging him to deny permits for seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. After a persistent public outcry from coastal communities, President Obama’s...

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Marine scientists reiterate need to prevent Atlantic seismic blasting

A coalition for more than two dozen marine biologists today implored President Obama to block the oil industry’s proposed seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, saying the air-gun blasts could drive a rare whale species to the brink of extinction....

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With Atlantic drilling off the table, seismic blasting should be too

The broad local coalitions that formed around protecting our coast from offshore oil drilling have quickly realized that the removal of the Atlantic from federal leasing plans does not mean the end of threats to our coast. Industry applications to...

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President’s Decision a Victory for Atlantic Coast

Charlottesville, VA – Responding to concerns from hundreds of Southeast communities, businesses, and tourism groups, President Obama today killed a controversial offshore drilling plan for the Atlantic Ocean that opponents said could have changed...

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Southeast spared from offshore drilling in new federal plan

In breaking news today, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management protected the Atlantic from the threat of offshore drilling by killing a controversial drilling plan for the Atlantic Ocean that could have crippled coastal economies. “This is...

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Offshore drilling announcement expected today

We are eagerly anticipating news, expected later today, on the proposed federal offshore drilling plan. Initial reports from the New York Times claim the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will not include the Atlantic in the...

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Expanded protections for whale could curtail proposed offshore drilling

Last month, federal managers announced that the best available science warranted vastly expanding the critical habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, a move that could make offshore drilling proposals in the Southeast more complicated. ...

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Oil drilling infrastructure drives away tourism dollars

Communities on the Gulf of Mexico without offshore oil-drilling infrastructure fare far better when it comes to tourism than do counties and parishes housing drilling activities, according to an analysis by SELC. SELC’s findings run counter to...

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Movement to protect our coast from offshore oil drilling takes hold

The surging coastal opposition to proposed Atlantic offshore oil drilling was highlighted in a story on the front page of Sunday’s Washington Post. In the article, Derb Carter, Director of SELC’s North Carolina office, aptly observed that oil...

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New report debunks industry job promises from Atlantic drilling, highlights what’s at risk

The supposed economic benefits of offshore drilling are being debunked by a new report released today. The analysis in the Blue Economy report breaks down how the existing coastal economy would be threatened if drilling moved forward on both a state...

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Oil & Gas Industry Exaggerates Economic Benefit of Atlantic Offshore Drilling, New Report Finds

Charlottesville, VA – A new report reveals how an industry-sponsored report, used by drilling proponents to justify support for offshore drilling off the Southeast coast, overestimates the potential economic benefits of this risky endeavor. It also...

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Coastal leaders in Washington D.C. urging administration to abandon Atlantic drilling plans

Today coastal leaders from Virginia to Florida are in Washington D.C. to urge the Obama administration to abandon the proposal to open the Atlantic to industrial offshore drilling for the first time in U.S. history. The visit comes in advance of an...

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50 resolutions passed to protect our coast from offshore drilling

With a vote this week in Pawley’s Island, the list of towns and cities advocating to keep offshore drilling and seismic testing off the Southeastern coast reached 50.  This new video clip illustrates just how widespread the opposition has grown. ...

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Resolutions continue as communities vote to protect our coast from offshore drilling

Tybee Island, Georgia will be the next town to take up the question of offshore drilling with a vote scheduled tomorrow. On Tuesday three more coastal towns—North Carolina's Holden Beach and Oak Island, and South Carolina's Surfside Beach—passed...

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Momentum growing behind movement to protect our coast

This morning we’re starting our day excited to share the news of the four votes against offshore drilling that have happened this week. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Beaufort, Holly Ridge, and Morehead City in North Carolina all took a stand...

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Resolutions against offshore oil drilling headed for vote

Today and tomorrow elected officials in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Beaufort and Morehead City, North Carolina all will consider resolutions asking the federal government to drop its proposal to open waters off the Southeast coast to oil...

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Join the campaign to protect the Southeast coast from offshore drilling

As more communities along the Atlantic pass resolutions against offshore drilling, SELC and our partners have launched a new campaign to demonstrate the widespread support for protecting our coast from this threat. Think about the many special...

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Wilmington joins cities opposed to offshore drilling, seismic testing

In a unanimous vote last night, the Wilmington City Council passed a resolution opposing offshore oil drilling and seismic testing, making it North Carolina’s largest city thus far to do so. The vote came after two hours of deliberations and in...

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SELC op-ed: California spill highlights risk to Mobile’s water from Plains pipeline

The devastation caused by the Santa Barbara County oil spill is a sobering reminder that pipelines, rigs and other oil infrastructure are far from infallible, and that the damage pipeline ruptures inflict on our communities, businesses and the...

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Hurricane season another reminder of drilling dangers

As hurricane season begins today, federal officials remind us of what a dangerous combination storms and offshore drilling can be. An article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Response and Restoration lays...

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Memorial Day holiday reminds us what offshore drilling puts at risk

As the country readies for one of the biggest summer travel weekends of the year, the threat of offshore drilling looms for those enjoying Atlantic beaches this Memorial Day.  Tourism is the economic backbone of hundreds of towns and cities along...

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Who do Southeast governors represent in their push for offshore drilling?

Despite the increasing and intense opposition to opening the Southern coasts to offshore drilling–towns along the coasts have passed resolutions opposing drilling and elected officials have spoken out against it–coastal Southeast governors continue...

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SELC Calls on Administration: Heed Lessons from BP Spill, Reverse Plan to Drill in Atlantic

On the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout and subsequent 89-day oil spill, the Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement calling on the Administration to reverse plans to open the mid- and south Atlantic to...

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“We should not allow the Gulf’s past to become the Atlantic’s future.”

On the anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, SELC Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver reflects on implications for proposed drilling in the Atlantic.   “Five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion, the...

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Statement from the Southern Environmental Law Center on Proposed Offshore Drilling Rules

The Southern Environmental Law Center released the following statement in response to the Department of Interior’s proposed offshore drilling rules: “Fully five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Department of Interior has...

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Seismic testing for Atlantic offshore drilling could begin this year

While the Department of the Interior considers the many comments it received on its proposal to open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling, the first step toward drilling is already under review and drawing intense opposition. Seismic air gun...

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As comment deadline nears, coastal consensus against offshore drilling emerges

With only a few days left for public comments on a federal plan to open the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts to offshore drilling, citizens from up and down the southeastern seaboard are delivering a clear message to the Bureau of Ocean Energy...

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Conservation Groups Call for Protection of Georgia Coast from Offshore Drilling

Savannah, GA—Today’s final public meeting to address the Department of the Interior’s proposed plan to open up the Mid- and South Atlantic to offshore oil and gas drilling is expected to draw comments and concerns from Georgians who oppose the plan...

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SELC brings scientists into Atlantic offshore drilling conversation

The deadline to comment on the federal proposal to open Atlantic coastal waters to offshore drilling is less than one week away. With the deadline fast approaching, SELC recently organized a scientific forum on the subject. The event brought...

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Record number of locals turn out to protest offshore drilling proposal

More than 600 residents of the Outer Banks turned up at a meeting Monday to weigh in on a proposed plan to open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Turnout at the meeting in Kill Devil Hills, NC, was the largest ever for a the Bureau of Ocean...

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Two weeks left to share your concerns about offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast

In January 2015, the federal government announced it is considering opening up the Southeast coast to offshore oil and gas drilling. Risky drilling off our Southern coasts jeopardizes the communities, jobs, and beloved beaches that are the very...

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Media Advisory from the Southern Environmental Law Center

Media Advisory from the Southern Environmental Law Center For Immediate Release: March 10, 2015 Contact:  Kathleen Sullivan, 919-945-7106 or ksullivan@selcnc.org MEDIA ADVISORY: South Atlantic Offshore Drilling Forum WHAT:  An afternoon of...

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The Great Invisible: What can we learn from the Gulf’s BP oil spill?

Nearly five years after the disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new proposal is on the table to open up the Southeast coast to offshore drilling - a move that would jeopardize the communities, jobs, and beloved beaches that are the very...

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SELC hosts South Atlantic Offshore Drilling Forum

Concerned about the recent proposal to open up the Southeast coast to offshore drilling? SELC and partners are hosting a public forum with leading experts to explore the risks drilling poses to coastal and marine environments. The South Atlantic...

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The environmental threat of Atlantic drilling is too great

The New York Times asked four experts, including SELC Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver, to weigh in on whether it's worth the risks to open up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling. Sierra makes a convincing case for why offshore drilling on our...

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Southern Environmental Law Center Calls for Protection of Southeast Coasts from Offshore Drilling

CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A.— Today the U.S. Department of the Interior released a draft five-year plan that would make the Mid- and South Atlantic coasts available to oil and gas leasing starting in 2017. This represents a significant shift in federal...

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Too much to lose: Plan would open Southeast to offshore drilling

Even though the BP oil spill was five years ago this spring, the devastating effects are still being felt along the Gulf Coast as communities and economies struggle to clean up and rebound. Now, the federal government is considering opening up our...

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SELC and Partners Warn of Looming Risks with Seismic Testing

Following the February 2014 release of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s final environmental impact statement on the plan to open up the Atlanta coast to seismic surveys for oil and gas, SELC and partners have submitted comments about the...

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Seismic Testing to Move Forward

Yesterday the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its final environmental impact statement on the plan to open up the Atlanta coast to seismic surveys for oil and gas. This decision potentially opens the door to deep water drilling off the...

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Conservation Groups File Lawsuit, Challenge Permitting for Oil Pipeline in Big Creek Lake Watershed

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit today, on behalf of Mobile Baykeeper, challenging a permit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Plains Southcap, LLC pipeline routed through the Big Creek Lake watershed. The...

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Decision on Seismic Testing Expected in 2014

Although the Obama administration is keeping the Atlantic and new areas in the Gulf off-limits to oil exploration and production for now, it plans to go forward with seismic testing in the Atlantic – the first step to opening the area to drilling....

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SELC cautions against exploring for Atlantic oil

Despite ongoing and serious problems in federal oversight of offshore drilling, the Obama Administration is proceeding with plans to allow seismic oil and gas exploration in the Mid- and South Atlantic. The technology used for seismic surveys is...

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Groups Challenge Decision to Ignore Risks to Wildlife, Environment in Gulf Oil Drilling Expansion

Conservation groups today filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., that challenges the Obama administration’s plans to increase offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without fully addressing the risks to wildlife and the environment. According to the...

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