Fifteen South Carolina mayors signed a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose seismic surveying blasting in the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the Post and Courier, Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling is leading the drive, and is being joined in the effort by fourteen other coastal mayors.
The federal government this past March dropped plans to permit testing for oil and natural gas off the South Carolina coast. However three companies have state approval for testing, so far none have withdrawn their applications.
In the letter the mayors urge the president to refuse seismic blasting permits that are currently before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM.)
The letter also points out that the coast of South Carolina has about 80,000 jobs and more than $7 billion in play with the health of the ocean, mainly from fishing, tourism and recreation.
The mayors are helped in their opposition by Congressmen Mark Sanford, R-SC and Jim Clyburn, D-SC.
In addition to the Beaufort mayor, the letter was signed by mayors of Charleston, Edisto Beach, Folly Beach, Georgetown, Hilton Head, Isle of Palms, James Island, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, Port Royal, Rockville, Seabrook Island, Sullivan’s Island and Surfside Beach.