Resolutions against offshore oil drilling headed for vote

The federal government is proposing opening waters off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia to oil rigs like the one above in the Gulf of Mexico. Tonight Beaufort, SC will be the latest city to consider a resolution against the proposal.  

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 drilling and seismic testing.

The votes are part of a growing movement to protect the Southeast coast from the threat of offshore oil exploration. Residents, organizations, and local governments have repeatedly stated their position that drilling is not worth the risk to their thriving tourism and fishing industries, as well as the environment.

While elected officials debate their position, there are many ways residents and visitors to these coastal areas can spread the word. Below is a list of 10 ways to help #protectourcoast.

The Virginia Beach City Council is the next group poised to tackle this issue as they have a discussion on offshore oil drilling planned for their Aug. 18 meeting. The Virginian-Pilot recently previewed the scheduled briefing.

To learn more about the importance of preserving our coastal way of life and keeping offshore drilling out of the Southeast Atlantic, visit protectourcoastnow.com.

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