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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Sanford Supports Efforts to Ban Seismic Testing in Atlantic

Sep 23, 2016
Press Release


September 23, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC - This week, Representative Mark Sanford signed on to H.R. 5817, the Atlantic Seismic Airgun Protection Act, introduced by Representative Don Beyer (D-VA). The bill would halt seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Rep. Sanford released the following statement:

“Right now, offshore drilling off the coast of the Atlantic is prohibited. As such, it doesn’t make sense to me to prepare to drill offshore, and that’s what seismic testing amounts to. To move forward with this testing is unnecessary and needlessly jeopardizes our natural resources and the health of our coastal communities.

“Over the past year and a half, I’ve been a vocal opponent of both seismic testing and offshore drilling, leading letters to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and to President Obama requesting a halt to the permitting process for seismic testing in the Atlantic. The communities I represent have also been vocal that they don’t want the testing either, and their local leaders deserve credit for lending their voice to this issue as well, from Mayors like Billy Keyserling, John Tecklenburg, or Bill Woolsey to groups such as Oceana, Don’t Drill SC, and the Coastal Conservation League. Indeed, in light of BOEM’s decision not to drill off the Atlantic, I believe this local input speaks volumes to the importance of voicing one’s opinions and sending a compelling to Washington.

“This bill would stop seismic testing, and consequently, I’m happy to sign my name to it.”