- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ROCKVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The small coastal hamlet of Rockville in Charleston County is the latest coastal community in the Carolinas to go on record opposing offshore drilling.

The town council on Monday approved a resolution saying that offshore drilling would threaten the economy of coastal communities as well as fish and marine mammals.

Rockville is the 21st community in the Carolinas to go on record opposed to offshore drilling or exploration for fossil fuels. Last month Charleston became the largest municipality in South Carolina opposed to drilling.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month finished taking public comment on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement on drilling off the coast of the Carolinas and other states on the Eastern Seaboard.

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