Report: Combination of offshore drilling, hurricane off SC coast could spell disaster

A new report says the combination of offshore drilling and a hurricane could cause problems for the South Carolina coastline.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A just-released report says offshore drilling off the South Carolina would be devastating and cause long-term damage.

The report was released Wednesday by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

In the report, the SELC says offshore drilling would add a significant risk every time a hurricane or major storm hits. The report cites Hurricane Florence as an example which caused massive flooding along the South Carolina coast.

The report states a similar storm could cause an oil spill millions of gallons in size if oil rigs and platforms were given the green light in the Atlantic Ocean.

Last year, President Donald Trump said he wanted to open up South Carolina’s coast for offshore drilling.

But the Charleston-based Coastal Conservation League says the combination of a powerful hurricane and oil spill could cost our coast billions of dollars in tourism and real estate.

“It’s not a one time event, you have a cleanup and it’s over," Coastal Conservation League spokesperson Lisa Turansky said. "In the case of Hurrucane Ivan this report shows that there’s damage today that is happening.” Read full article.