Sanford shifts stance, opposes offshore testing, drilling

Bo Petersen   Apr 27 7:48 pm

MOUNT PLEASANT — U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford switched positions Monday to oppose offshore oil and natural gas exploration and drilling.

It was a question of finding a balance, he said. Sanford had supported the exploration to find out what resources might be out there.

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“We will continue to work with the South Carolina delegation, engaging in thoughtful conversation with them and their constituents to ensure fact-based discussion,” said Nicolette Nye, Ocean Industries Association communications vice president. “It is premature to prohibit the reopening of the Atlantic to oil and natural gas without first having a better idea of the extent of resources available for development.”

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