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Judge bars government from working on seismic permits during shutdown

Friday, January 18, 2019

Press Release from the Southern Environmental Law Center and Coastal Conservation League For Immediate Release: Jan. 18, 2019 Contact: Mike Mather, SELC Communications, (434) 333-9464 or mmather@selcva.org Caitie Forde-Smith, Coastal Conservation League, (252) 714-4790, caitiefs@scccl.org Judge bars government from working on seismic permits during shutdown Ruling clarifies government’s confusing and contradictory position CHARLESTON, SC — A federal judge has barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting during the shutdown, settling the confusion the government created…

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Groups Appeal Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling Upholding Development Permits for Captain Sams Spit

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2019 Contact: Amy E. Armstrong, Esquire SC Environmental Law Project amy@scelp.org or (843) 527-0078 Caitie Forde-Smith Coastal Conservation League caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Groups Appeal Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling Upholding Development Permits for Captain Sams Spit CHARLESTON, SC—Administrative Law Judge Ralph King Anderson, III, issued a ruling on December 14, 2018, affirming the state Department of Health and Environmental Control’s decision to issue a permit authorizing the construction of a road, steel sheetpile…

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SC Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Anti-Seismic Lawsuit

Monday, January 7, 2019

Press Statement from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Coastal Conservation League For Immediate Release: Jan. 8, 2019 Contact: Caitie Forde-Smith, Coastal Conservation League, (252) 714-4790 or caitiefs@scccl.org Mike Mather, SELC, (434) 977-4090 or mmather@selcva.org SC Attorney General Alan Wilson Joins Anti-Seismic Lawsuit Seven Other East Coast Attorneys General Previously Joined Action CHARLESTON, SC — South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson has joined a lawsuit to stop the possibility of seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, joining…

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Administrative Law Judge Halts Development on Captain Sams Spit Pending an Appeal

Friday, December 21, 2018

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2018 Contact: Amy E. Armstrong, Esquire SC Environmental Law Project amy@scelp.org or (843) 527-0078 Caitie Forde-Smith Coastal Conservation League caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Administrative Law Judge Halts Development on Captain Sams Spit Pending an Appeal CHARLESTON, SC – After issuing a decision authorizing the construction of a road, steel sheetpile wall, and other infrastructure to facilitate a 50-house development on Captain Sams Spit on September 24, Administrative Law Judge Ralph King Anderson, III, agreed…

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Groups Sue Feds to Stop Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. Contacts: Oceana – Dustin Cranor, 954.348.1314, dcranor@oceana.org Natural Resources Defense Council – Anne Hawke, 646.823.4518, ahawke@nrdc.org Southern Environmental Law Center – Mike Mather, 434.333.9464, mmather@selcva.org Earthjustice – Maggie Caldwell, 415.217.2084, mcaldwell@earthjustice.org Center for Biological Diversity – Kristen Monsell, 914.806.3467, kmonsell@biologicaldiversity.org Coastal Conservation League – Caitie Forde-Smith, 252.714.4790, caitiefs@scccl.org Sierra Club – Gabby Brown, 914.261.4626, gabby.brown@sierraclub.org Surfrider Foundation – Angela Howe, 949.732.6414, ahowe@surfrider.org Groups Sue…

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Press Statement: State Bank and Charleston County Council Waste More Time on I-526

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Coastal Conservation League Press Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2, 2018 Contact: Jason Crowley, Communities and Transportation Program Director jasonc@scccl.org or (802) 233-8744 Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Diane Knich, Communications Associate dianek@scccl.org or (843) 530-0211 Bank and Charleston County Council Waste More Time on I-526 CHARLESTON, SC — Today, the South Carolina Transportation Infrastructure Bank (SCTIB) Board voted 5-2 to rescind a June 26 vote ending its contract with Charleston County to fund the proposed extension of I-526. In the next…

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Administrative Law Judge authorizes development on Captain Sams Spit for third time

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2018 Contact: Amy E. Armstrong, Esquire SC Environmental Law Project amy@scelp.org or (843) 527-0078 Caitie Forde-Smith Coastal Conservation League caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Administrative Law Judge authorizes development on Captain Sams Spit for third time CHARLESTON, SC – In a setback for Captain Sams Spit on Kiawah Island, Administrative Law Judge Ralph King Anderson, III, issued a Final Order and Decision on September 24, 2018, authorizing the construction of a road, steel sheetpile wall, and other…

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Statement on the Trump Administration’s plans to replace the Clean Power Plan

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Coastal Conservation League Press Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2018 Media Contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director—(252) 714-4790 or caitiefs@scccl.org Eddy Moore, Energy and Climate Program Director—eddym@scccl.org CHARLESTON, S.C.—In a statement today responding to the Trump Administration’s plans to replace significant climate change policy, the federal Clean Power Plan, and revive heavy-polluting industry, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Laura Cantral said: South Carolinians deserve better from Washington. We feel the effects of a changing…

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Statement on Charleston County’s vote to shift $40 million from rural land conservation

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Coastal Conservation League Press Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2018 Media Contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director—(252) 714-4790 or caitiefs@scccl.org Emily Cedzo, Land, Water & Wildlife Program Director—(910) 850-3509 or emilyc@scccl.org CHARLESTON, S.C.—In response to tonight’s 5-4 vote by Charleston County Council to change the formula for how Greenbelt program funds are distributed and shift $40 million away from rural land conservation, Coastal Conservation League Executive Director Laura Cantral said: There are few things more important for Charleston County…

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Statement on Horry County’s vote to commit millions to I-73

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coastal Conservation League Press Statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2018 Media Contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director—(252) 714-4790 or caitiefs@scccl.org Erin Hardwick Pate, North Coast Office Director—(843) 545-0403 or erinp@scccl.org Lisa Jones-Turansky, Chief Conservation Officer—(843) 725-2059 or lisajt@scccl.org CHARLESTON, SC—This afternoon, Horry County Council passed a resolution committing $23 million—more than half of the revenue from the County’s hospitality tax—for the next 20 years to funding Horry County’s portion of I-73.  In response to the vote that commits $23…

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