Environmental groups are disappointed the waters offshore of South Carolina were not included in a major Obama Administration protection announcement Tuesday.
The White House announced 31 underwater canyons in the Atlantic would be permanently protected from any future offshore drilling. All of the canyons stretch from off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts to the Norfolk Canyon near Virginia. None of the shoreline from the Carolinas or Georgia were part of Tuesday’s announcement.
“It’s an important protection for deepwater canyons off the Atlantic coast,” Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Sierra Weaver said. “It does not go into the important and ecologically vulnerable areas of the Southeast United States.” [Read more…]