Thursday letters: Oil exploration puts S.C. jewels at risk

08/21/2014 12:00 AM

08/20/2014 2:19 PM

The Obama administration’s decision to allow seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic is incredibly disappointing (“Oil exploration OK’d off S.C., entire East Coast,” July 19). The narrative of public policy being influenced by big industry is disturbingly applicable in this situation.

The East Coast could be opened to offshore drilling as soon as 2017, and Big Oil has been pushing hard to make it happen. In signing off on seismic airguns, President Obama has strayed from his previous agenda and given the oil and gas industry a huge win. However, opposition to drilling and blasting in the Atlantic has been mounting, and people are fighting back.

An oil spill of any size along the East Coast would create enormous economic losses, and celebrated regions such as our Grand Strand and the beautiful Lowcountry would suffer immeasurable environmental damage. If we don’t oppose seismic airgun testing and the offshore drilling that would surely follow, we are taking one step closer to handing over our oceans to oil companies that will not be held accountable for the damage they cause.

Brian Hayes

Columbia

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