Gov. McMaster Against Offshore Drilling Along SC Coast

January 11, 2018, 10:37 am EST | Share:

COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — Governor Henry McMaster says he wants South Carolina to be left out of the Trump administration’s offshore drilling expansion plans.

This comes after the Trump administration announced it would be opening the coast to the offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Florida has been exempt from the plan. McMaster says he wants the same for the Palmetto State.

Gov. McMaster is one of several state officials to oppose the move and says the risk tied to drilling is too much of a threat to the state’s coastal economy.

“I spoke to a friend recently who was in Malibu, California, one of the most beautiful places in the world, and she was walking on the beach in front of these multi-million dollar homes and got in and realized she had oil on her feet from the drills just beyond the horizon,” he said.

He continued; “We cannot afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline in South Carolina.”

South Carolina’s coastline is part of the state’s $20 billion tourism industry.

Senator Tim Scott’s office released a statement which said in part; “Senator Scott is supportive of offshore energy exploration, but, as a native of the coast, also sees it as a necessity to get buy-in from more coastal residents on this issue before moving forward.”

We also heard from Senator Lindsey Graham who said South Carolina should have the right to opt-out of the Trump administration’s policy change.