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Cape Romain Refuge Island, ecological treasure, saved from development

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Cape Romain Refuge Island, ecological treasure, saved from development Moultrie News Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Successful battle to permanently protect ‘Pappa’s Island’ safeguards local economy, opens new lands for recreation and protects nationally critical wildlife habitat One of the last undeveloped islands within Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is now protected forever, thanks to the Open Space Institute (OSI), The Coastal Conservation League, the South Carolina Environmental Law Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature…

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SC greens disappointed in Supreme Court carbon ruling

Friday, February 19, 2016

From The State: Green groups in South Carolina expressed disappointment Tuesday night in a Supreme Court decision to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.” Those include S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, who has…

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Why conservative South Carolina could actually be a sign of the future of U.S. energy

Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Washington Post: Coastal South Carolina has long been recognized by locals and tourists alike for its warm waters, dazzling natural landscapes and prime seafood cuisine. But lately, communities up and down the shoreline have been making a name for themselves in another way: They’re leading the historically conservative state in a shift toward support for alternative energy and away from fossil fuel energy development. In the past year, the waters off the coast of…

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Decision nears on oil and natural gas drilling offshore

Friday, February 19, 2016

From the Post and Courier: Federal regulators are expected to announce in March whether they will propose leasing more offshore oil and natural gas exploration and drilling in the Atlantic, including off South Carolina, say environmental attorneys who are monitoring the decision. The “best information” given to Southern Environmental Law Center attorneys is to expect a decision between March 14 and March 18, said center spokesman Mike Mather late Thursday. A Bureau of Ocean Energy Management…

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Transportation on the Senate Floor

Friday, February 19, 2016

To fix the potholes, fix the system This week on the Senate Floor, Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort filibustered to ensure that reforming transportation is part of any law to address our roads. Senator Davis explained that if the General Assembly simply raises the gas tax without reforming the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, any new money would not necessarily go to fixing existing interstates. Citing the example of South Carolina Highway 51, Senator Davis predicted…

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“Don’t raise gas tax, unless you reform road funding.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We’re working hard on transportation reform at the State House this week. Our South Coast Director, Kate Schaefer, wrote a piece in response to the Post and Courier’s editorial on roads. The Post and Courier chose the headline “Don’t raise gas tax, reform road funding.” To be clear: Our position is “Don’t raise gas tax, unless you reform road funding.” Kate does a great job of explaining why: As anticipated, the…

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Island-Packet: Fasten seat belts, road saga is back

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

From the Island-Packet: As the South Carolina legislature reconvenes this week, watch your wallets. Top on many agendas will be raising the state gas tax. It sounds logical, but it’s a bad idea. It’s the easy way out to protect the good-old-boy system that has South Carolina’s roads riddled with potholes while new roads to nowhere are built for old-guard legislators. First, the so-called need for $1.5 billion a year for road construction needs to be proven….

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Post & Courier: Deadline set for Charleston County to come up with plan for $300M I-526 shortfall

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Deadline set for Charleston County to come up with plan for $300M I-526 shortfall By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December 15, 2015 Charleston County has less than four months to come up with a solid plan to cover the more than $300 million funding shortfall for the completion of Interstate 526. If it can’t do that, the $420 million in state money set aside for the project could be dispersed to other large projects throughout…

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Post & Courier: SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak

Sunday, December 13, 2015

SCDOT suspends plan to cut down Johns Island live oak By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December 13, 2015 The state Department of Transportation has suspended a plan to cut down a live oak tree on River Road on Johns Island Monday, according to a news release from the department. Interim Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall agreed to postpone the removal of the tree after conferring with Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, the release stated. Jim…

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Post & Courier: Johns Island live oak slated for ‘execution’

Friday, December 11, 2015

Johns Island live oak slated for ‘execution’ By Diane Knich The Post and Courier December, 11 2015 Johns Island — The state Department of Transportation plans to cut down a live oak Monday on River Road, but local residents, an environmental group and Charleston Mayor Joe Riley are fighting for the tree’s life. Jim Rozier, chairman of the DOT Commission, said the tree, which sits across the street from the entrance to Fenwick Hall near the intersection…

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