Resolve to stop using dangerous rat poison in 2020

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

It’s that time of year, the time to take stock of the past 365 days and make resolutions for the new year. We’re hoping that in 2020 communities will work to reduce their dependence on toxic rat poisons, known as anticoagulant rodenticides. This year, we learned that South Carolina wildlife is suffering from exposure to these toxic chemicals. A bobcat on Kiawah Island died from rodenticide secondary poisoning, which means she ate a rat…

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Fossil fuel path for Santee Cooper is most expensive for customers going forward

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Sierra Club and Coastal Conservation League For Immediate Release: Sept. 12, 2019 Contact: Mike Mather, SELC, (434) 977-4090 or cell/text (434) 333-9464; [email protected] Alan Hancock, Coastal Conservation League; (803) 361-1693; [email protected] Alex Amend, Sierra Club, (404) 457-8937; [email protected] Fossil fuel path for Santee Cooper is most expensive for customers going forward COLUMBIA, S.C. – A new report being distributed to lawmakers shows that a Santee Cooper future…

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Court denies request to proceed with groin construction in Georgetown Co.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Press Release South Carolina Environmental Law Project Coastal Conservation League FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 29, 2019 Contact: Amy E. Armstrong, Esquire SC Environmental Law Project [email protected] or (843) 527-0078 Caitie Forde-Smith Coastal Conservation League [email protected] or (252) 714-4790 Court denies request to proceed with groin construction in Georgetown County GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC – The Administrative Law Court denied DeBordieu Colony Community Association’s request to lift the automatic stay, which would have enabled it to begin constructing three groins on Debidue Beach in Georgetown…

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BREAKING: State Supreme Court will hear Captain Sams case

Friday, August 9, 2019

We just learned that the South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear another one of our cases to stop development on Captains Sams Spit, a dynamic sand spit on the far end of Kiawah Island. This is great news! Justices will soon consider the developers’ plans to build a 2,380-foot steel wall on the eroding stretch of beach leading out to the spit. This will be the fifth time the court will hear arguments on…

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Statement on state’s rejection of seismic request

Monday, July 8, 2019

July 8, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director at [email protected] or (252) 714-4790 Alan Hancock, Energy and Climate Advocacy Director at [email protected] or (803) 361-1693 Coastal Conservation League cheers state’s rejection of seismic request CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the state’s Department of…


News Coverage chronicling I-526 extension negotiations

Monday, June 3, 2019 526 Ends

This post has a comprehensive list of news coverage related to the recent Intergovernmental Agreement and actions by Charleston County with half cent sales tax dollars. News Coverage January 2019-present: Topic – FAQ on the project October 3, 2018: I-526 extension explained: The controversy, the cost and what it means for you Excerpt: Charleston County is ready to spend more money than they’ve ever spent on any single project to make the Interstate…

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Coastal Conservation League, residents challenge Interstate 526 contract

Monday, June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019 Contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director — (252) 714-4790 or [email protected] Diane Knich, Communications Associate — (843) 530-0211 or [email protected] Coastal Conservation League, residents challenge Interstate 526 contract Legal filing calls into question Charleston County’s use of half-cent sales tax CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the Coastal Conservation League and three Charleston County residents filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court challenging the county’s use of funds from the 2016 half-cent…

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Google and groundwater

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Today — as we face drought conditions and less than two years after Google’s first request rocked the region — the tech giant is applying for the exact same groundwater permit and the Coastal Conservation League has some of the same concerns. Google wants to pull 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from an ancient and pristine aquifer that supports neighboring towns. Google is set to expand its data center in Berkeley County and wants to pull…

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The people have spoken: Sine Die 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I’m sitting on the steps of the Statehouse, reflecting on and celebrating the close of the first half of another legislative session in Columbia. It’s my tenth year with the Coastal Conservation League, and 2019 will go down in the books as one of my favorites yet. In 2019, we generated more calls and emails to Columbia than ever before. Thanks to you and your engagement, we made progress — we helped good bills advance that will benefit…

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Contract review continues on I-526

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Today, the state’s Joint Bond Review Committee demonstrated fiscal concern for Charleston County taxpayers when it decided to carefully review and digest data gathered by a subcommittee studying the contract for the Interstate 526 extension. And instead of charging ahead with a vote, committee members again requested still-outstanding legal assurances from Charleston County. JBRC member Sen. Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee), who is chairman of the subcommittee studying the contract, said that group will meet one more…

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