- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) - Southport is the latest community in North Carolina to go on record against offshore drilling in the Atlantic.

The town council passed a resolution opposing drilling on Thursday, becoming the 21st community in North Carolina to do so.

The advocacy group Oceana says that 20 communities in South Carolina have also passed similar resolutions.

Two more communities - one in each state - consider the issue Monday. That’s when Brunswick County in North Carolina and North Myrtle Beach in South Carolina are scheduled to consider resolutions opposing offshore drilling.

Opponents say drilling could threaten the environment and the tourism industry of the Carolinas. Supporters say offshore drilling for oil and natural gas can be done safely and will bring jobs and tax revenues to both states.

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