Tuesday, March 15, 2016 News · Press Releases

Statement on Obama Administration Offshore Drilling Reversal

by Alan Hancock



Contact: Hamilton Davis, (843) 810-4178 or [email protected] 

March 15, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Today the Obama Administration announced that it was removing the Atlantic from its 2017-2022 offshore drilling plans. 

In response, Hamilton Davis, Energy and Climate Director for the Coastal Conservation League, issued the following statement:

“This decision is a testament to the fact that local voices still matter on national issues. The coastal communities in South Carolina that would have been most impacted by offshore drilling stood up to Big Oil and won. What a victory for our environment, our economy, and the future of our coast.”  

Over the last two years, the Coastal Conservation League has advocated with our partners to protect our coast from risky offshore drilling in city councils, at the State House, and in Congress. We met with Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regulators, local community groups, gathered petition signatures to convince the Obama Administration not to allow drilling for oil and gas off our coast. 

Offshore drilling is not worth the risk of a BP-style disaster to our white sandy beaches; marine wildlife like turtles, dolphins, and whales; and our coastal tourism economy on which thousands of jobs depend. 


The Coastal Conservation League is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the coastal resources of South Carolina.  Our mission is to protect the natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water and traditional communities by working with citizens, local governments and the state legislature.  



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