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10/3/2018 Member News
Trump lease plan sparks 'storm surge' of fear in S.C. (Subscription Required)

Trump Lease Plan Sparks 'Storm Surge' of Fear in S.C.

Pamela King- Energy Wire

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. — Ask low country residents for their views on the Trump administration's proposal to open most federal waters to oil and gas development, and they're likely to compare the groundswell of opposition to a rising tide.

Drilling opponents in South Carolina and neighboring states breathed a sigh of relief in 2016 when the Obama administration removed a Mid-Atlantic lease sale from its five-year offshore plan. Their victory was short-lived.

The Trump administration this year ushered in its own draft five-year program, and now more than 90 percent of federal waters, including the Mid-Atlantic, could be on the auction block.

But this time around, South Carolinians who oppose drilling off their coast have been joined by a wave of coastal business leaders, governors and legislators — both Republican and Democratic — across the country who are urging Interior Department officials to limit offshore production to the Gulf of Mexico (Energywire, Jan. 18).

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