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.


“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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