- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - North Myrtle Beach council members are considering making their community the third on the Grand Strand to take a stand against offshore oil drilling.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (https://bit.ly/1JlCveg ) reports that the City Council on Tuesday will consider a resolution to oppose oil exploration in order to protect the beach.

Earlier this month, Atlantic Beach Town Council approved a similar resolution, while the Myrtle Beach City Council voted to oppose drilling last week.

The federal government is weighing whether to open up the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to fossil fuel energy exploration.

Opponents say offshore drilling could threaten South Carolina’s $18 billion tourism industry. Advocates of offshore drilling say it can be done safely and will mean jobs and tax revenues for the state.



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Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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