Public Meeting in Columbia Feb 13

The Trump Administration has announced a new plan to allow exploration for oil and natural gas in waters off every coastal state, including South Carolina. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold one hearing on their plan in each affected state. The South Carolina meeting is on Feb 13.

All of South Carolina’s coastal communities have come out in opposition to this proposal along with Governor McMaster, Rep. Mark Sanford and our state representatives. [See the Tidelines article from May 2017 featuring Mayor Ciancio’s letter on this topic here.)

To save our beautiful, pristine coast and protect the economy of the Lowcountry, come to Columbia and make your opposition known.

Schedule of Events
1) Rally sponsored by the Coastal Conservation League (CCL) and other conservation organizations. Local and state leaders opposed to drilling will speak at the rally.
When: February 13th, 11 am
Where: North steps of the Statehouse

2) BOEM Meeting
When: February 13th, 3 pm to 7 pm
Where: Hilton DoubleTree, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia
For more information about the hearing, click here.

3) Public Forum. Policy experts and organizers will help you draft and submit public comments and contact your legislators. Mayors and leaders from many coastal communities will speak.
When: February 13th, 3 pm to 7 pm
Where: Hilton DoubleTree, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia (room next to BOEM meeting)

For more information about the rally, public meeting, and forum click here.

-Submitted by Margaret Wildermann

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