S.C. Senator Doesn't Want Offshore Drilling

Despite Trump's call to drill off the shores of the U.S.

Patrick Gentry
January 04, 2018 - 3:34 pm

A Republican who represents part of South Carolina's lush coastline says the Trump administration's proposal to expand offshore drilling could cause massive environmental damage and is ``horrible public policy.''

State Sen. Tom Davis told The Associated Press on Thursday that the land-based infrastructure needed for offshore exploratory efforts are ``simply not compatible with coastal South Carolina.''

The proposal unveiled by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans.

Republicans within South Carolina's congressional delegation have been split on the issue of offshore drilling. Rep. Mark Sanford, who previously served eight years as the state's governor, opposes it. But U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan issued a news release Thursday calling the plan ``tremendous news for American energy independence.''

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