July 17, 2018
The S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce Monday urged U.S. House members to vote yes on amendments to stop funding for offshore oil exploration and drilling in the Atlantic.
S.C. Congressmen Mark Sanford and Tom Rice, both Republicans, are sponsors of bipartisan amendments, which have the support of a third S.C. Congressman, James Clyburn, a Democrat.
Among those who were sent a letter were U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-Spartanburg, and Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill.
The letter stressed that oil industrialization of the state’s coast was incompatible with the vibrant local tourism, commercial fishing and recreation economies, according to S.C. Small Chamber President and CEO Frank Knapp Jr.
“We urge you to respect the wishes of and stand with your fellow congressmen who represent our state’s coastal communities and whose constituents have the most to lose if oil exploration and drilling are permitted,” Knapp wrote.