New Ad says NO to Atlantic Drilling, Seismic testing off South Carolina Coast.
Charleston, SC – As local residents continue to await a final Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plan for five-year oil and gas leasing off the coast of South Carolina and other Southeastern states, Environmental Action took out a full page ad today to show again their disapproval of drilling and seismic testing on the continental shelf.
“South Carolina has abundant opportunities to develop solar and wind power, not to mention already-thriving tourism and fishing industries on our coast,” said Environmental Action Director and Columbia resident Drew Hudson. “South Carolina is saying no to offshore drilling and seismic testing and our federal regulators and lawmakers would do well to listen.”
Testifying to Congress this week, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said the proposed five-year offshore drilling plan will be released “in the coming weeks,” but did not commit either way to whether she will keep in place the Atlantic lease sales. “I will say that we took a tremendous amount of comment, particularly on the Atlantic,” Jewell told reporters. “…There’s been a lot of very powerful and thoughtful input on both sides of the equation when it related to the South Atlantic.”
Environmental Action members want Interior to drop the Atlantic leases proposed in the draft plan, and put a moratorium on ALL fossil fuel leases in federally controlled waters. The five-year plan is expected to be finalized by year’s end. And
Environmental Action picked the Post and Courier for their ad because recent editorials and op-eds by The American Petroleum Institute and others have claimed that a majority of South Carolinians support offshore drilling. But this flies in the face of the fact that every coastal municipality in the state has passed a resolution opposing the drilling while dozens of coastal businesses have sent a letter to the Governor and BOEM expressing opposition as well.
“We already know API lied and dissembled to mislead the public about climate change for decades,” added Hudson. “Why should we believe them now when they tell us offshore drilling will be good for South Carolina? BOEM and Gov. Haley should send Big Oil packing, and focus on clean, homegrown renewable energy that creates good jobs and makes us a leader in the emerging industries of solar and wind power.”
Here is a mockup of the ad: