- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The City of Columbia and Charleston County have gone on record opposing offshore seismic surveys and drilling for oil and natural gas.

Both governments passed resolutions Tuesday night, making 23 communities in the Carolinas on record against exploring for fossil fuels off the coast of the Carolinas.

State regulators in both states in recent weeks have signed off on proposals by survey companies to conduct seismic tests offshore. The states have put a number of conditions on the proposals.

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

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