Sanford Introduces Coastal Economies Protection Act
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford introduced the Coastal Economies Protection Act. This bill would suspend offshore drilling and all related activities in the waters off the East Coast for the next ten years. This comes on the heels of the Trump administration announcing plans to lift restrictions on offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast.
He released the following statement:
“The moratorium is a bipartisan idea. It has been supported in the past by republican and democratic presidents, in part because of their recognition that even if significant reserves were found in the Atlantic, it would represent but four months of oil supply to our country.
“States should never be but wards of the federal government. The Republican party has always said it believed that the government closest to the people governs best. In this case, people from up and down the Atlantic have said in unequivocal fashion that what happens next in their coastal communities should be driven by local decisions rather than mandates that come from Washington. In this, the issue on offshore has always rested in good measure with on-shore supply chain that makes it possible.
“The administration’s proposal is disappointing and at odds with the overwhelming chorus of voices at home speaking out against offshore drilling. I have joined local leaders, advocates, organizations, and individuals up and down the South Carolina coast in opposing offshore drilling because it poses a real threat to tourism, quality of life, and our environment.
“Drilling the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf hasn’t been allowed in over thirty years, and the administration hasn’t made a good enough case to change this policy. One of every ten jobs in South Carolina comes from tourism, and this means $13 billion in impact every year to our coastal counties alone. Drilling would put this economic driver at risk. Purely from a numbers standpoint, the decision doesn’t add up.”