- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston is considering a resolution opposing drilling for oil off the South Carolina coast while discussion of a similar resolution in Myrtle Beach has been delayed.

Charleston City Council debates the matter Tuesday.

Myrtle Beach City Council was to have considered a resolution Tuesday. But media outlets report the discussion was delayed two weeks after council members felt there was not enough time to debate at a workshop before their meeting.

If passed, Charleston would become the largest South Carolina community opposing drilling. Myrtle Beach is the heart of the state’s $18 billion tourism industry.

Seven coastal communities in the state and 12 in North Carolina oppose drilling.

Opponents worry spills could damage fisheries and tourism. Supporters say drilling can be done safely and mean jobs and revenue.

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