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Energy, Climate, and the South Carolina Coastal Plain

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Through the special lens of our coastal conservation mission, the Coastal Conservation League’s Energy and Climate Program tackles the human health and environmental degradation caused by today’s energy systems. We are protecting the coast from the oil and gas drilling that underlies a major share of the global climate crisis. And we are working with state regulators, energy companies, and others to establish a rational retirement plan for the five South Carolina coal-fired power plants…

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Keeping offshore drilling off our coast

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a grim reminder of why the majority of South Carolinians are opposed to offshore drilling off our coast. More than 200 million gallons of oil, enough to fill more than 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools, gushed out damaging 1,000 miles of Gulf shoreline from Texas to Florida. That would cover the coast of South Carolina more than five times….

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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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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…

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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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S.C. House Agriculture Committee passes bill to ban onshore infrastructure for offshore drilling

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Tuesday, the House Agriculture committee approved an important bill  (House Bill 3087), which would keep the onshore infrastructure associated with offshore drilling out of our communities. The Coastal Conservation League has long opposed drilling for oil and gas off our coast. The risks are just too great. Offshore oil and gas drilling threatens our beaches, rivers, creeks, salt marshes and sea islands. And it could harm brown pelicans, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and…

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