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Tue Mar 5, 2019, 09:54 AM

Coastal states, be on the lookout.

SC officials say proposed offshore testing will kill marine life, destroy SC’s coastal economy

16 communities seek to block seismic testing, offshore drilling off South Carolina coast

WYFF 4 Updated: 3:01 PM EST Mar 4, 2019
Carla Field
Digital Managing Editor

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WMBF contributed to this article) —
A motion for an injunction to stop seismic surveying off South Carolina’s coast joins a lawsuit on behalf of 16 coastal communities and businesses asking that seismic blasting be prevented.

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project in a lawsuit filed Feb. 28 in Federal District Court in Charleston asserts that seismic blasting will cause irreparable harm and is contrary to the public interest. The motion for an injunction joins the lawsuit that's aimed at blocking seismic testing and offshore drilling along the South Carolina coast.

The sixteen municipalities include Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Port Royal, Beaufort, Edisto Beach, Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, James Island, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Awendaw, Pawleys Island, Briarcliffe Acres and North Myrtle Beach.

The lawsuit and motion for injunction follow the Trump administration unveiling in January a new five-year plan to allow more drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.


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