CVSC Statement on Off-Shore Drilling Executive Order
Conservation Voters of South Carolina’s Executive Director, John Tynan, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order that reopens the possibility of off-shore drilling in the Atlantic:
“Every coastal community in South Carolina and hundreds more up and down the east coast have made it clear they do not want off-shore drilling in the Atlantic. President Trump should listen to these voters and keep Atlantic drilling off the table.”
Conservation groups and a groundswell of grassroots support have worked hard to keep drilling off of our shores, resulting in former President Obama removing the possibility of oil leasing in the Atlantic until 2022. President Trump’s executive order, however, would undo these protections and place South Carolina’s tourism industry and pristine beaches at risk.
“There is simply no place along our coast where drilling makes sense. We will not sacrifice the quality of life and tourism economy of our coastal communities in the name of oil. We will do everything we can to oppose opening the South Carolina coast to drilling,” said Tynan.
“Thankfully, we now have an ally in the SC Governor’s Mansion. Gov. Henry McMaster has stated repeatedly that he opposes off-shore drilling. We look forward to fighting alongside him to keep risky drilling off of South Carolina’s coastline.”