Momentum growing behind movement to protect our coast

Signs like this one in Kill Devil Hills, NC are part of the growing movement to protect the Southeastern Atlantic from a federal proposal to introduce offshore oil drilling. (© Katelyn Nixon)

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 against opening waters off their coast to offshore drilling.

Today, Charleston’s Post and Courier added its voice to those wanting to protect our coast in its editorial: “Yet another ‘no’ to offshore drilling.” Below is an excerpt of their piece on the issue: 

 

“Myrtle Beach is the 20th local jurisdiction in South Carolina to join the effort to stop offshore drilling before it starts. That number includes Hilton Head, Beaufort, Edisto Beach, Charleston County, Folly Beach, the city of Charleston, the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, McClellanville, Georgetown and Atlantic Beach. Even Columbia, though far inland, has joined in.

“It is hard to recall a grassroots effort that has advanced a cause so rapidly.

“So it is reasonable for coastal residents to ask why so many of those who represent them in Congress, the Legislature and the governor’s office aren’t opposing offshore drilling, too.

“The only members of the state’s congressional delegation to oppose offshore drilling are 1st District Rep. Mark Sanford, a Republican, and 6th District Rep. Jim Clyburn, a Democrat.

“Gov. Nikki Haley, so far a cheerleader for the drilling plan, should reconsider her position. State leaders should recognize that coastal residents have insight into the comparative value of offshore drilling vs. tourism.

“Coastal communities understand the fundamental incompatibility of the oil industry with the thriving coastal environment.”

 

At the website protectourcoast.com you can learn more about why so many are opposed to the federal proposal. The site also provides information on how you can get involved and add your voice to the rising chorus of elected officials, residents, and visitors calling for the federal government to protect our coast.

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