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Statement on state’s rejection of seismic request

by Diane Knich

July 8, 2019


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Coastal Conservation League cheers state’s rejection of seismic request

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it would not support a federal permit application from WesternGeco, LLC, for proposed seismic testing in federal waters off South Carolina’s coast.

More than 1,700 South Carolinians weighed in during the agency’s Coastal Zone Consistency review of the permit application. Every comment opposed seismic testing. DHEC determined that the proposed seismic activities were not consistent with its coastal management policies. You can read more on its decision here.

In response, Conservation League Executive Director Laura Cantral said: 

DHEC made the right call today, and its decision is grounded in the best available science and input from South Carolinians. All 1,720 comments submitted to the state agency opposed seismic testing.  

This is yet another signal to Washington that dangerous seismic testing, the precursor to offshore oil and gas drilling, is not up for debate in our state. The Trump administration should immediately dismiss its dangerous plans and protect communities that rely on a healthy and vibrant coast.

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