MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) - Myrtle Beach is the latest community in South Carolina to oppose offshore seismic testing and drilling for oil and natural gas.
Local media outlets report that Myrtle Beach City Council passed a resolution Tuesday by a 6-1 vote opposing fossil fuel development in the Atlantic.
Myrtle Beach becomes the 20th community in the state to oppose seismic testing and drilling offshore. The federal government is weighing whether to open up the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to fossil fuel energy exploration.
Opponents say offshore drilling could threaten South Carolina's $18 billion tourism industry which is centered in Myrtle Beach. Advocates of offshore drilling say it can be done safely and will mean jobs and tax revenues for the state.