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ACTION ALERT Update: SUCCESS!!!  House budget would stop seismic testing, new IHAs and offshore drilling!

June 21, 2019 Late yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House approved FY20 budgets for the Department of Interior and the Department of Commerce. Two of the amendments were extremely important and were offered by SC Representative Joe Cunningham (D). The first was approved by a voice vote and would block the…

ACTION ALERT!!!  Congressional vote for a 1-year ban on offshore drilling and seismic testing could be this Friday

June 18, 2019 Call S.C. Representatives NOW! Either this Friday (6/21) or Monday (6/24) the full U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Department of Interior-Environment funding bill. Four amendments are being offered.  Three would ban offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic, along the Florida coastline and in the…

Small Business Chamber asks state to find seismic petition inconsistent with state coastal plan

June 8, 2019 Mr. Dan Burger Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management DHEC 1362 McMillan Avenue Suite 400 Charleston, S.C., 29405 Re: Comments on WesternGeco federal permit application Dear Mr. Burger, Since January of 2015 the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has been on the record opposing…

Federal attorneys again mislead the Court on seismic permitting process

Following the U.S. Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt’s April 25th public comments that he was delaying indefinitely efforts to produce a new five-year plan for oil leases off the nation’s coast, I sent Secretary Bernhardt a letter asking about his intentions on possibly suspending seismic permits processing for the Atlantic.…