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News 4: Dorchester leaders push to get out of coastal management plan

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) — Elected officials are making a push to shrink some protected lands in Dorchester County in the name of attracting business, but conservationists say it’s a dangerous idea. Conservationists say it’s a program that provides added protection for coastal waterways. The Coastal Management Program was started in 1979, but some Dorchester County representatives say they only want part of the county to take part. They say the change would make…


Update on Coastal Zone Bills


Last week, the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources heard from hundreds of our supporters! The League’s Executive Director, Dana Beach, also testified before the committee and asked them to properly review the far reaching adverse impacts that this legislation could have on the state’s coastal resources. Rather than move forward with a vote that could eliminate all protections afforded by South Carolina’s Coastal Management Program (CMP) to approximately 90% of Dorchester County,…

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Live 5: Carnival Sunshine to depart from Charleston in 2016

Monday, March 16, 2015

by Bobby Liga WCSC – Live 5 News CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – A new cruise ship is set to depart from Charleston in the fall of next year. It’s called the Carnival Sunshine. That joins another Carnival ship that calls the port of Charleston home, the Fantasy. Some residents and environmentalists are concerned about pollution that comes from these ships. In 2011 Charleston residents and environmental groups sued Carnival saying the ships were…


Three if by land, two if by sea…

Saturday, March 14, 2015

“Three if by land, two if by sea…” I’ll admit to mangling the quote, but this week’s news includes assaults more serious than even the British on South Carolina’s natural resources — land, wetlands and water. On the positive side, the first item is a superb editorial from the Beaufort Gazette exhorting the county to use the gun range controversy (which has essentially been put out of its misery) to stimulate a conversation about…

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The State: Environmental protection rules at risk on SC coast

Thursday, March 12, 2015

by Sammy Fretwell The State Lawmakers are examining whether to ease coastal environmental rules that some Lowcountry officials say are hindering industrial development in counties that need jobs. A bill that could loosen regulations protecting wetlands and rivers in much of Dorchester County is fueling the discussion. Bill supporters say South Carolina’s coastal regulations should not apply to inland areas of Dorchester because those communities are much different geographically than areas closer to the Atlantic Ocean. The…

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News 2: Land battle rages in Dorchester County

Thursday, March 12, 2015

  by Rebecca Collett WCBC News 2 Legislation working its way through the State House would eliminate protection for hundreds of square miles of land in Dorchester County. The Coastal Conservation League says the legislation has huge impacts on the natural environment and will impact critical wetlands. County leaders say the unnecessary protection stifles growth. In January, Dorchester County Council voted unanimously to request state lawmakers to initiate legislation that would exempt a portion of Dorchester…

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Dana Beach to Receive Peter Benchley Ocean Award

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Other 2015 Winners include U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco   Charleston, SC – The eighth annual Peter Benchley Ocean Awards will take place the evening of Thursday, May 14 at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, D.C. These are the world’s preeminent ocean awards and the only major awards program dedicated to recognizing excellence in marine conservation solutions across a wide range…

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The State: BP oil spill film used to fight SC drilling as business leaders counterpunch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

by Sammy Fretwell COLUMBIA, SC — Boosters of drilling for gas and oil along the South Carolina coast are punching back at a sustained effort by environmental groups to influence public opinion against a proposal that could allow offshore drilling. As a public comment deadline nears, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and business leaders will hold a forum Wednesday near Charleston to explain why oil and gas would be the right industry for coastal South Carolina. “As…

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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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