MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - Folly Beach has become the fifth coastal community in South Carolina to pass a resolution opposing offshore drilling for oil and natural gas.
The town passed the resolution Tuesday evening, the night before the federal government holds a meeting on the prospect of opening wide swaths of the Atlantic off the Carolinas to drilling later in the decade. That meeting in Mount Pleasant is sponsored by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Last month, about 400 people attended a similar meeting in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. At the time, about 150 people rallied against offshore oil exploration
But before the Wednesday meeting, supporters of offshore drilling, including U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, have scheduled a news briefing to discuss offshore energy development.