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Collaboration assures land preservation

Monday, March 9, 2015

by Ashley Demosthenes, Jim Newsome, and Dana Beach You may recall that on a sunny afternoon in early January, the Lowcountry Open Land Trust, the State Ports Authority, the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center celebrated a milestone achievement stemming from months of close collaboration and fueled by a steadfast commitment to working together to achieve a common goal. A goal not only supported…

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Drilling would endanger S.C. coast

Sunday, March 8, 2015

If there is a single resource that exemplifies the best of what our state has to offer, it is surely the South Carolina coast: The beaches, salt marshes, creeks, estuaries, and wildlife are second to none. These resources permeate our culture and underpin the state’s $7 billion coastal tourism and fisheries economy. And yet, somehow, many elected officials have lost sight of this fact. In what can fairly be described as a colossal miscalculation, offshore oil…

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Post & Courier: Oil spill documentary film screening set for Monday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 Photo of Deepwater Horizon

A screening of the “Great Invisible” takes place Monday night at the American Theater, followed by comments and a question and answer period. The film is a documentary about the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010. Local experts and elected officials are expected to be on hand. Charleston Surfriders and Coastal Conservation League are presenting the session as federal agencies consider opening the South Carolina offshore to oil and natural gas exploration and potential drilling. The screening…

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Post & Courier: Charleston’s growing pains frame mayoral forum

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Most speakers at Monday’s Charleston mayoral forum agreed the city has reached a fork in the road — several showed the same slide of two roads diverging — and they know which paths the candidates will choose. The forum, sponsored by several nonprofit groups, brought about 150 people together inside a Francis Marion Hotel ballroom to highlight some of the big issues they want mayoral candidates to talk about this year.

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ABC News 4: Candidate forum asks people to answer ‘if you were mayor’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Four of the city’s five declared mayoral candidates gathered at the Francis Marion hotel Monday. However, they didn’t speak at the forum; instead, they listened to citizens and civic leaders. Candidates in the audience included Dudley Gregorie, Henry Fishburne, John Tecklenburg and Paul Tinkler. Several other candidates who attended said they planned to officially declare for the election to replace Mayor Joe Riley after 40 years.

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Column: Offshore drilling a threat to what we see as beautiful

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In my previous column, I asked whether Lowcountry artists have a responsibility to protect our ocean and animals from oil spills. Then, inspired by a wind turbine demonstration I saw on the beach at Ocean Drive a few hours north of here, I attended a panel discussion at the Technical College of the Lowcountry about oil exploration on our coast.

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Post & Courier: Maland: Hit the brakes on I-526 extension

Sunday, February 15, 2015 526

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, in its Feb. 1 op-ed, argues that we should remain focused on our region’s most important transportation needs — and they are exactly right. It is critical that we support, and insist on, funding for our highest priority projects, particularly in light of the recent attention the media, the governor and the General Assembly have given South Carolina’s crumbling road system.Those unequivocal priorities are I-26 and the airport connector…

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The State: Port Royal joins Beaufort in opposing seismic testing, offshore drilling

Thursday, February 12, 2015 Offshore Drilling

Lowcountry leaders are considering and passing resolutions against offshore oil drilling and seismic testing to lend support to environmentalists protesting the practices. Beaufort City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night, and Port Royal Town Council followed on Wednesday night.

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Post & Courier: Opponents mobilize as state reviews first offshore oil testing permit

Saturday, February 7, 2015

South Carolina could stop controversial seismic gun testing for natural gas and oil in federal waters offshore if it disrupts the coastal environment or economy. The slim prospect has galvanized conservation groups as regulators review the first of what may be seven permit applications.

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Post & Courier: Port of Charleston deal with conservation groups praised by S.C. Senate committee

Thursday, February 5, 2015

COLUMBIA — South Carolina senators praised Charleston port officials Wednesday for striking a $5 million deal with environmental groups over the port’s harbor-deepening project, avoiding a potentially expensive lawsuit and delays. “We would have spent a lot more than $5 million (in court),” said Sen. Hugh Leatherman, the Senate president pro-tempore and a member of the Senate Transportation Committee.

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