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News Coverage chronicling I-526 extension negotiations

Monday, June 3, 2019

This post has a comprehensive list of news coverage related to the recent Intergovernmental Agreement and actions by Charleston County with half cent sales tax dollars. News Coverage January 2019-present: Topic – FAQ on the project October 3, 2018: I-526 extension explained: The controversy, the cost and what it means for you Excerpt: Charleston County is ready to spend more money than they’ve ever spent on any single project to make the Interstate…

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Coastal Conservation League, residents challenge Interstate 526 contract

Monday, June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019 Contacts: Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director — (252) 714-4790 or caitiefs@scccl.org Diane Knich, Communications Associate — (843) 530-0211 or dianek@scccl.org Coastal Conservation League, residents challenge Interstate 526 contract Legal filing calls into question Charleston County’s use of half-cent sales tax CHARLESTON, S.C. — Today, the Coastal Conservation League and three Charleston County residents filed a lawsuit in South Carolina state court challenging the county’s use of funds from the 2016 half-cent…

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Google and groundwater

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Today — as we face drought conditions and less than two years after Google’s first request rocked the region — the tech giant is applying for the exact same groundwater permit and the Coastal Conservation League has some of the same concerns. Google wants to pull 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from an ancient and pristine aquifer that supports neighboring towns. Google is set to expand its data center in Berkeley County and wants to pull…

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The people have spoken: Sine Die 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

I’m sitting on the steps of the Statehouse, reflecting on and celebrating the close of the first half of another legislative session in Columbia. It’s my tenth year with the Coastal Conservation League, and 2019 will go down in the books as one of my favorites yet. In 2019, we generated more calls and emails to Columbia than ever before. Thanks to you and your engagement, we made progress — we helped good bills advance that will benefit…

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Contract review continues on I-526

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Today, the state’s Joint Bond Review Committee demonstrated fiscal concern for Charleston County taxpayers when it decided to carefully review and digest data gathered by a subcommittee studying the contract for the Interstate 526 extension. And instead of charging ahead with a vote, committee members again requested still-outstanding legal assurances from Charleston County. JBRC member Sen. Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee), who is chairman of the subcommittee studying the contract, said that group will meet one more…

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Statement on S.C. Senate passage of the Energy Freedom Act

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May 8, 2019 Press Statement Coastal Conservation League FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: Alan Hancock, Energy and Climate Advocacy Director alanh@scccl.org or (803) 361-1693 Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Coastal Conservation League applauds the final passage of Energy Freedom Act CHARLESTON, S.C. — Following today’s Senate vote in favor of the Energy Freedom Act (House Bill 3659), Executive Director Laura Cantral issued the following statement….

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The next General Manager

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Today is an exciting day for the Coastal Conservation League. It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce Anthony Mirisciotta as the next General Manager of our food hub, GrowFood Carolina. Anthony brings with him years of experience in the agriculture world, and his track record of success indicates his commitment to furthering local food systems and the communities he has lived and worked in. Throughout his career and our…

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S.C. House Agriculture Committee passes bill to ban onshore infrastructure for offshore drilling

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

On Tuesday, the House Agriculture committee approved an important bill  (House Bill 3087), which would keep the onshore infrastructure associated with offshore drilling out of our communities. The Coastal Conservation League has long opposed drilling for oil and gas off our coast. The risks are just too great. Offshore oil and gas drilling threatens our beaches, rivers, creeks, salt marshes and sea islands. And it could harm brown pelicans, bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles and…

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Groups challenge proposed groins on Georgetown Co. beach, efforts to engineer shoreline

Friday, April 26, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Media contacts: Amy Armstrong, Esquire, Executive Director South Carolina Environmental Law Project amy@scelp.org or (843) 527-0078 Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director Coastal Conservation League caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Erin Hardwick Pate, North Coast Office Director Coastal Conservation League erinp@scccl.org or (803) 413-5008 Groups challenge proposed groins on Georgetown Co. beach, efforts to engineer shoreline A new appeal to state’s Administrative Law Court aims to protect pristine estuary and health of beach GEORGETOWN, SC — On behalf of the Coastal Conservation League, the…

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Statement on Trump administration talk of sidelining drilling plan

Thursday, April 25, 2019

 April 25, 2019 Press Statement Coastal Conservation League FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contacts: Alan Hancock, Energy and Climate Advocacy Director alanh@scccl.org or (803) 361-1693 Caitie Forde-Smith, Communications Director caitiefs@scccl.org or (252) 714-4790 Coastal Conservation League calls on Congress to settle drilling debate CHARLESTON, S.C. — Following remarks by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to the Wall Street Journal confirming the Trump administration’s plan for federal offshore oil and gas leasing…

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