- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Advocacy groups opposed to the use of seismic testing to explore for oil and gas offshore are holding events along the South Carolina coast to air their concerns.

The groups including Oceana, Don’t Drill Lowcountry, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy are holding the seventh annual Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday.

Events are planned for Folly Beach as well as Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Pawleys Island and North Litchfield Beach.

Organizers worry that loud sounds from seismic testing will harm whales and other marine life.

The Obama administration earlier this year ruled out any drilling for oil and gas off the East Coast in the next round of federal offshore leases. But that didn’t close the door on seismic testing.

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