James Island goes on record against offshore drilling

James Island goes on record against offshore drilling

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The town of James Island has gone on record against drilling for oil and natural gas off the South Carolina coast.

That makes seven communities in South Carolina and a total of 19 in both Carolinas to go on record against offshore drilling. Hilton Head Island passed a similar resolution earlier this week.

Opponents of offshore drilling worry that spills could hurt the environment and the important coastal tourism industry. Supporters say energy development will create jobs and revenues for the states. They say oil drilling can be done safely.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is taking comments through the end of the month on what issues should be studied in developing an environmental impact statement on drilling off the Atlantic coast.

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