Dear Governor Haley:
As businesses, we the undersigned oppose oil and gas development off the South Carolina coast. Offshore oil and gas development jeopardizes the advantages that our businesses have, including a steady stream of tourists, and new residents and businesses that come here for South Carolina’s beauty and high quality of life.
South Carolina’s booming coastal tourism industry employs more than 80,000 South Carolinians and contributes over $7 billion annually to the state by attracting tourists to our beautiful beaches and coastal landscapes. The quality of life we enjoy as South Carolinians is also a driver of economic growth opportunities, like attracting international manufacturers, as well as new residents. Governor Haley and the many business interests throughout the state have done a tremendous job pointing us into the 21st century by bringing innovative industry and prosperity to our region. Risking this forward momentum and our region’s distinctive sense of place, its fragile ecology, and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for the liability of offshore oil and gas drilling and associated onshore industrial infrastructure is simply a step backward for our great state.
We, the undersigned, oppose oil and gas development offshore of the South Carolina coast and request Governor Nikki Haley to call for the removal of the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas, including all waters off the coast of South Carolina, from consideration for offshore drilling.