South Carolina sends shock waves to Trump Administration. Senate approves proviso to block offshore oil industrialization of state

South Carolina sends shock waves to Trump Administration. Senate approves proviso to block offshore oil industrialization of state


Press Release
April 17, 2019

Contact: Frank Knapp, fknapp@scsbc.org, 803-252-5733, 803-600-6874 cell

Columbia, SC – By an overwhelming vote of 40-4 the majority Republican South Carolina Senate passed a budget proviso this evening to prohibit the use of any state funds by a state agency or local unit of government to facilitate onshore infrastructure for offshore oil. If the state House of Representatives also approves the proviso, it will be the law of the state during the 2019-20 fiscal year that starts July 1st.

“The bi-partisan South Carolina voice of opposition to exploring and drilling for oil off our coast is now a scream,” said Frank Knapp Jr., President/CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce. “Our deeply red state is turning purple, not in partisan terms, but in our anger at the Trump Administration trying to force destruction to our beautiful ocean, marine life and local economies from seismic blasting our ocean and turning our pristine beaches into sludge from the inevitable oil leaks and spills from drilling.”

This historic day started with a press conference announcing the proviso and featuring the sponsor of the proviso Senator Chip Campsen, Governor Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson and other Senate leaders.

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