Sanford affirms opposition to offshore drilling along Charleston Coast

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC - Rep. Mark Sanford said he is opposed to offshore drilling off of the Charleston coast.

Sanford joined one dozen leaders for a news conference at Shem Creek Park Monday morning.

The First District Congressman wrote a letter to members of Congress last week, affirming his opposition to approving permits for seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

If the testing permits go forward, the Congressman said he does not believe South Carolina would have the final authority to approve drilling activities off of their coast.

"It would not be transparent," Sanford said of the seismic testing plan. "Though the testing information would be out there, it would not be available to the public. Which I think raises a real question, which is how do you go forward if you want ultimately South Carolinian's to be in the drivers seat."

More than ten coastal municipalities in South Carolina have formally opposed off shore drilling.

"So based on the public input I have received, including nine towns in the First Congressional District, and given that there would not be enough transparency for South Carolinians to have an in-depth conversation about a path forward," Sanford added. "I have asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management not to move forward with seismic testing off the coast of South Carolina."

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