In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Thursday afternoon, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the agency has “indefinitely sidelined” its exploration of offshore drilling options.
This comes as the administration waits on an outcome of a recent court order that blocks similar drilling in the Arctic.
Offshore drilling expansion has been an extremely hot button issue in the Lowcountry with several groups and lawmakers calling for a ban.
Congressman Joe Cunningham released the following statement:
“I welcome this news from Interior Secretary Bernhardt and the Trump Administration. This decision is the result of constant pressure from coastal communities, environmental groups, and elected officials who made it abundantly clear that offshore oil and gas drilling is dangerous, unwanted, and a threat to our economy and way of life. I’m glad to see the Administration listened. However, this fight is far from over. We need legislation to permanently ban offshore oil and gas drilling and make sure that no Administration can put our communities at risk. Congress must pass my bipartisan legislation, HR 1941: The Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, as soon as possible.”