January 27, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: ALAN HANCOCK, ALAN@CVSC.ORG OR (803) 361-1693 (c)

CONSERVATION VOTERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA OPPOSES DRILLING OFF THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST   

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) Executive Director Ann Timberlake issued the following statement in response to today’s proposal from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to open up the South Atlantic to drilling for oil and gas:

“We strongly oppose today’s proposal from the Obama Administration to open up our coast to drilling for oil and gas. Drilling is simply not worth the risk to our coastal communities like Georgetown, Charleston, and Beaufort. Tourism supports nearly 79,000 jobs and provides $4.4 billion to our state’s economy.

“Industrializing our coastline would not affect energy prices, which are determined by global markets. Oil is not like shrimp, where we can consume what comes out of our water directly.

“Offshore drilling for oil and gas would take us down the wrong path. South Carolina is on track to be part of the future of energy, with our landmark solar legislation last year. Offshore drilling would divert us from a clean energy future.

“We urge South Carolinians to contact Governor Haley and their State Senators and Representatives to let them know that our coastline is too special to sacrifice, and we owe it to our children and future generations to protect it.”

Conservation Voters of South Carolina is a nonpartisan, state-wide organization that fights for our air, water, and land through political action.

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