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July 17, 2008


Charleston, SC – Citizens for Sound Conservation announced today that it was starting a “Bury the Ban” campaign in order to expedite lifting the moratorium on oil exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Chairman Lewis Gossett released the following statement regarding the effort:

I don’t think most people realize that the Congressional Moratorium on drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is an annual appropriations rider.  As such, it must be renewed annually by a vote of Congress, which it has done every year since 1981.  If the ban is not renewed, it will simply expire on September 30, 2008 – the end of the federal fiscal year.  At that point, the United States will be free to pursue a real strategy for energy independence.

Citizens for Sound Conservation support such an effort and is announcing an educational campaign to help “Bury the Ban” on September 30th.

As an organization dedicated to improving South Carolina’s environmental and economic quality of life, we have studied this issue and believe that exploratory drilling can be done in an environmentally safe and sound way in which the habitat is protected and our economic interests are promoted.

This energy crisis is adversely impacting every facet of our economy – from manufacturing, to agriculture, to development, to tourism, and everything in between.  While we agree that continued research and development of renewable and alternative forms of energy is essential, the quickest way to increase our energy independence is to let the drilling ban lapse and not renew the moratorium in the upcoming appropriations bill.

The Minerals Management Service (MMS) conservatively estimates that the OCS contains 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  With the United States importing 65% of the 7.5 billion barrels it consumes annually, it’s imperative that the resources of the Outer Continental Shelf be tapped into immediately.

During the remaining 76 days of this fiscal year, Citizens for Sound Conservation will be working to educate and mobilize both our supporters and the general public on the need to contact the entire South Carolina congressional delegation and urge them to “Bury the Ban” in order to secure a better future for South Carolina and the country as a whole.

Citizens for Sound Conservation is a non-partisan not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to improving our environmental and economic quality of life.


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