Offshore Drilling Ban Proposed

By one S.C. Senator

Patrick Gentry
January 08, 2019 - 10:51 am

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham says Tuesday he's reintroducing a proposed 10-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling.

The Coastal Economies Protection Act was previously introduced by former GOP Congressman Mark Sanford, but it languished in a committee.

Last fall, Cunningham became the first Democrat to flip a South Carolina congressional seat in more than 30 years. Much of his campaign focused on his opposition to offshore drilling, and he built a coalition of bipartisan support.

On Monday, Cunningham applauded South Carolina's Republican attorney general for joining a legal effort to oppose the Trump administration's plans to explore off the Atlantic Coast.

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