SELC statement: Trump administration drilling exemptions leave many states at risk

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Southern Environmental Law Center joined dozens of conservation organizations and thousands of coastal communities, businesses and elected representatives in condemning the Trump administration’s announcement leaving much of the coast vulnerable to the dangers of oil drilling.

President Trump on Tuesday announced drilling would be barred off Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, but allowed elsewhere on the Atlantic coast.

“This is not a reason to celebrate because oil spills don’t stop at state lines,” said Sierra Weaver, an SELC senior attorney. “As long as any part of the Atlantic coast is open to drilling, all Atlantic states are at risk. Keep the champagne corked until the entire Atlantic coast is protected.”

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, for example, reached five states.


For more than 30 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. With more than 80 attorneys and nine offices across the region, SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect our natural resources and the health and well-being of all the people in our region.

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