CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Rep. Joe Cunningham held a press conference on Friday to celebrate the passing of the offshore drilling bill introduced by Cunningham in the House of Representatives.
The House passed Cunningham’s bill on Wednesday, which prohibits offshore drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the United States.
It would still have to pass the Senate. Cunningham says he believes it will pass.
Cunningham says offshore drilling would have a negative impact on our state’s economy, natural resources and way of life.
“This is team South Carolina. Democrats, Republicans, independents coming together to protect our business, our beaches, our economy, and our way of life,”Cunningham said.
Cunningham made the environment and offshore drilling one of the central issues of his run for congress during the 2018 election cycle.
A report from the Southern Environmental Law Center released last October says offshore drilling would add a significant risk every time a hurricane or major storm hits.