- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Opponents of offshore drilling are gathering in three South Carolina coastal communities to join hands along the sand.

The Saturday events in Folly Beach, Myrtle Beach and Garden City Beach are to express opposition to drilling.

Two dozen communities in the Carolinas have passed resolutions opposing drilling or seismic testing, most recently Mount Pleasant.

State regulators in both states have signed off on proposals by survey companies to conduct seismic tests but with a number of conditions on those proposals.

State waters extend only 3 miles from the shore and the testing will be done in federal waters beyond. But each state was allowed to certify whether the testing is consistent with state coastal zone programs.

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