Charleston takes up resolution opposing offshore drilling

Charleston takes up resolution opposing offshore drilling

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston City Council is taking up a resolution opposing offshore drilling and the use of seismic testing to survey for oil and natural gas off the South Carolina coast.

If council approves the resolution at its meeting on Tuesday evening, it would be the largest city in the state to go on record against offshore drilling. It would also be the eighth community in South Carolina to oppose drilling and the 20th coastal community in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Opponents of offshore drilling worry that spills could damage fisheries and the important coastal tourism industry. Supporters say drilling can be done safely and will mean jobs and new revenues.

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