Why we have confidence in our facts.
While everone working on this project has devoted themselves to getting up to speed, we have behind us the help of someone who has been there. Peg Howell is a Petroleum Engineer who has worked at sea and on-shore in the oil industry. Her academic accomplishments are complemented by a wealth of real-world experience.
Where we are.
Although we have help from a number of areas, most of us are located along the Grand Strand, in communities called Seaside, Murrell's Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, and Georgetown. We are famous for the indescribable beauty of our beaches and the half-million visitors to our area annually.
How we see our mission.
The American Petroleum Institute, a lobbyist organization paid for the oil industry, uses enormous amounts of money, typically in the form of campaign contributions, to persuade politicians of the benefits of drilling off South Carolina's beaches. Drawbacks are seldom mentioned. We work to assure an informed dialog by examining and critiqueing information provided by lobbyists. We expose the holes in the often tenuous data used to bombard our political leaders. We go on to muster public support for an informed discussion through petitions, public presentations, letters-to-the-editor, presentations to county and city officials, etc.
Where things stand.
While not unanimous, sentiment along the South Carolina coast opposing seismic testing and drilling for oil is overwhelming.
Most coastal mayors and city councils have articulated convincingly why this proposed move brings greater risk than reward to the areas they serve. Support for drilling seems to be inversely proportional to proximity to the coast. We would love to hear from residents of inland cities who frequent our area in the spring and summer.