Seismic testing approved, moving South Carolina towards offshore drilling

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Offshore drilling is one step closer to reality and it’s created a lot of political noise along the East Coast.

On Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, authorized permits for five companies to conduct seismic surveys in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

It’s a move lawmakers and organizations like the Coastal Conservation League vow to fight.

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