Thanks to a recently proposed federal rule, waters off South Carolina’s shores may finally open for energy exploration. Under a leasing agreement, the state would share in the revenues resulting from the oil and natural gas discovered off our coast. These dollars could be used for state infrastructure improvements or even to provide tax relief to hard-working families. Not only that, but our latest report indicates that this offshore opportunity could bring thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars’ worth of investment to the Palmetto State.
It’s time to send the clear message to lawmakers in Columbia and Washington, DC that South Carolinians support offshore energy exploration. Our study shows that exploration wouldn’t negatively impact wildlife or our beautiful beaches, but it would provide a much-needed boost to our state’s economy. Opportunity is knocking – and with your help, South Carolina will be ready to answer the call.