Hoping to whip up opponents ahead of a federal agency’s hearing Tuesday, several South Carolina lawmakers slammed a proposal to open up South Carolina’s offshore waters to oil and natural gas exploration.
Speaking at a rally of about 200 people at the Statehouse Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-SC, said the decision needs to be up to the local governments, not Washington.
“It goes to the heart of what we believe as South Carolinians and what we believe as Americans on who decides how hamlets and towns and villages on the coast of South Carolina are developed,” he said.
A bipartisan gathering of state lawmakers were at the rally. State Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, D-Lancaster, told the crowd they have her support despite her district being inland. “It makes sense that people of all political persuasions come together on this issue.”
Recently-elected State Rep. Nancy Mace, R-Daniel Island, does represent a coastal district and worked with then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in South Carolina. [Read more…]