Quotable Quotes That Make a Point
The series of procedural steps that must take place before an oil rig can be operational and therefore offer occupational opportunity for local residents is nearly two decades. The job benefits that the Gulf states enjoy were generations in the making, and still those states rank alongside South Carolina in their levels of poverty… our citizens will be competing nationally for the most dangerous, low skill, high-return positions. If they succeed they will join an industry whose employees are seven times more likely to die on the job than the average American worker.
― Jack Scoville, Mayor of Georgetown South Carolina (4-9-15)
We need to be aggressive with our votes to protect our state for the future of us all. Noted broadcast journalist, Edward R. Murrow, said, "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." Let's not be sheep. Let us be vocal in our opposition to this threat to our state, and let our representatives know how we feel.
― Angela Lee, Conway, Sun News 5-30-15
“…We have long since reached the point where we should stop drilling for new supplies of oil. We must make a serious worldwide commitment to transition away from fossil fuels and allow existing reserves to supply our needs during that transition. Regardless of the threat of oil spills or adequacy of safety regulations, new drilling is a mistake.”
― Elizabeth Birnbaum, Former Director of the Minerals Management Service
“It is in our best interest to. . . embark on a revolutionary change that will lead us away from oil dependency rather than drag our feet and suffer the costs of becoming growingly dependent on a diminishing resource.”
― Albert Marrin, Author & History Professor
But Graham — who in the past opposed offshore oil drilling — said looking for oil and gas is worth a try to gain energy independence (sic: The US is now energy independent in gas and will be in oil by 2020) from hostile nations. ..although Graham acknowledged that drilling has risks. “I can’t promise America that we can get out of this mess without ... taking some risks,’’ Graham said. “The risk we’re trying to avoid is perpetual energy dependence.” If federal policies change for oil and gas exploration, “we could become more (energy) independent literally in a matter of years,’’ he said.
― Sammy Fretwell Article The State (Columbia, S.C.) June 12, 2012 (NOTE: Sen Graham has accepted $267,200 from oil and gas lobbyists)
“I find it ironic that, in a state that has rejected poker machines, pari-mutuel betting, horse and dog tracks, jai alai and gambling casinos, all of which would complement our tourist economy and create thousands of jobs, our legislators and governor would rather take the biggest gamble of all, by jeopardizing our beaches, inlets and waterways, the hundreds of thousands of jobs that exist in our coastal tourism economy, and all the tax base that creates to welcome the accident prone oil industry to our state.”
― Rick Bauman, Murrell’s Inlet Seafood Founder & Owner ...more
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has a website promoting the four pillars of his policy agenda… Offshore drilling lobbyists, including National Ocean Industries Association president Randall B. Luthi, have called Scott’s effort to open up more of the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas drilling a “giant leap” in the right direction.
― Lee Fang, Republic Report 6-6-14 (NOTE: Sen Scott is the recipient of $300,401 from oil and gas lobbyists)
“Many proponents of drilling for oil and gas in Georgetown County say the Georgetown Port could be the next Port Fourchon (in Louisiana), but do people know exactly what that would mean? Port Fourchon has been in the making for more than 50 years and it was just marshland before. There are 250 oil-related companies there. Do we really want to bring that to Georgetown County? That would significantly alter the way our coast looks.”
― Peg Howell, Petroleum Engineer, N. Litchfield
I saw America’s greatest marshes lie dissected, bisected, and trisected, diced by long, straight artificial channels, all aids to access and shipping. For the vast multi-million-acre emerald marshes, it is death by a thousand cuts. Oil and gas companies have dug about 10,000 miles of canals through the oak and cypress forests, black mangroves, and green marshes, killing coastal forests and subjecting our greatest wetlands to steady erosion. Louisiana has lost more than 2,300 square miles of wetlands; each year, another 25 square miles of marsh disintegrate. Oil leak or no leak, everything about getting oil is perpetuating the most devastating disaster that’s hit America’s wetlands.
― Carl Safina, Marine Biologist, 2-23-15
“Our coastline is not for sale…there can’t be enough money offered by the prospect of offshore drilling to compromise our environment and our way of life.”
― Charleston Mayor Jack Riley
“I think it is a huge threat without a whole lot of justification. What is the impact to tourism of oil rigs? What is the impact on tourism of an accident?”
― Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling
"The question is, 'What legacy are we going to put forward to future generations?' I really think this is an issue that has a tremendous opportunity to impact what that legacy is."
― Hilton Head Mayor David Bennett
“Keep your oil off our beaches.”
― Mt. Pleasant Demonstrator
“Active shoreline cleanup operations from Deepwater Horizon accident end [after]$14B and 70-million man-hours expended.”
― BP Corporate Press Release
"More than 200 million gallons of oil surged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. To combat the worst environmental disaster in American history, BP and the Coast Guard dumped nearly 2 million gallons of a chemical dispersant called Corexit into the Gulf. But instead of helping clean up the spill, Corexit made things worse. The seafood industry is decimated, and clean-up workers have developed debilitating respiratory and central nervous-system problems, along with skin rashes. Scientific studies have proven that Corexit exposure kills cells in the human airway, and makes oil 52 times more toxic to the environment.
― HBO’s “Crude Awakening”
“FALLING OIL PRICES COST 100K JOBS”
“Boom states’ economic futures are being reshaped”
― USA Today Headline 04.01.15
“As to the jobs that offshore drilling would create: What jobs? Unless we are willing to build refineries and tank farms all along the Grand Strand, jobs will be few. The oil would be pumped into huge tankers and shipped somewhere else for refining. All we end up with is dirty beaches, because like it or not, offshore oil rigs leak and the oil will wash up on our shore as it does in California and the Gulf Coast.”
― Ed Yaw, North Litchfield
“I suspect much of the support for offshore oil would fade away if citizens were confronted with the realities of the coastal industrialization necessary to support offshore oil.
― SC Senator Chip Campsen (R)
“Strange, strange are the dynamics of oil and the ways of oilmen.”
― Thomas Pynchon, MacArthur Fellow and Novelist
“Given the relatively low amount of potential resources off our shores and the environmental sensitivity of our coastline, there does not seem to be much incentive to drilling off South Carolina at current prices.”
― South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors (2009) (Oil in 2009 was $65 to $75 per barrel. It is now (2015) under $50)
In a blunt ruling handed down on Thursday, a federal judge in New Orleans found that the biggest oil spill in US history, the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, was caused by BP’s “willful misconduct” and “gross negligence.”
― Mother Jones Magazine (2014)
“If you are convinced that no oil spill is possible off South Carolina’s coast, please share the evidence you collected that supports your belief that “it can’t happen here.””
― Terry Munson, Pawleys Island
“Oil field workers are nomads. They go where the work is. These are highly coveted jobs. Most jobs pay very well and work is scheduled on a rotation (on the rig for 2 or 3 weeks, home for 2 or 3 weeks). Workers will fly to work, and then go home (to the Gulf, or wherever). As a result, they will not be “local” jobs.”
― Peg Howell, Petroleum Engineer, N. Litchfield
“The Right Whale, an endangered species, is down to 300-400 members. This whale travels the Atlantic Coast as part of its annual migration. Humans, like the Right Whale, are one of the species endangered by carbon release. The United States must quickly move to adopt policies to stop fossil fuel burning and transition to solar, tidal, hydro and wind.”
― Grace Gifford, Conway South Carolina
As Director of Economic Development for the city, I saw with my own two eyes how important our tourism industry is to us today -- and how important emerging industries like offshore wind production will be to our future. In fact, according to one recent study, an offshore wind industry would produce almost three times as many jobs as offshore oil drilling -- while at the same time producing renewable, sustainable energy, and taking advantage of the groundbreaking wind research currently being done right here in South Carolina by Clemson University. And all that, without putting our existing tourist economy at risk.
― Charleston Mayoral Candidate John Tecklenburg
“The more I’m learning the more I’m leaning back toward no,” Sanford said. The nine Lowcountry coastal communities that have come out against it, “that begins to tip the scale.” Also, the public won’t learn what, if anything, the proprietary seismic surveys find and won’t be able to weigh the pros and cons. “It favors Washington at the expense of the state,” he said. Sanford added to expect an announcement soon.
― Mark Sanford, U.S. Congressional Rep., R-S.C., Charleston Post and Courier, 4-8-15
The April 1 (2015) issue of USA today reports that “Falling Oil Prices Cost 100K Jobs,” many in the recently rich state that have been the beneficiaries of the new drilling techniques. Because these dynamic market interactions are so far beyond our control, there is only one point to be made here. That is, that those promoting offshore drilling in the Atlantic as a method for getting out from under Middle East monkeying with our oil supplies need to shift to a more creative argument – one with at least a little credibility. This one won’t hold water.
― Debi Wilcox, Real Estate Appraiser, Murrell’s Inlet
At a Coastal Alliance meeting, County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus spoke about potential concerns about damage to fisheries. “Scientists say it could have a negative impact on fish … but that’s just scientific.” [Our emphasis.] “There’s no hard evidence. … We will continue to listen to the debate.” The science is the key to that “hard evidence” and any debate must include attention to scientific research.
Another key to the debate: remembering that the ocean environment and tourism are inextricably entwined.
―Editor, Myrtle Beach Sun News
Those who wish to drill claim that newer technology has made offshore drilling safer than it was in 2010 at the time of the leakage of 270 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. No specific evidencde for that claim exists, and we believe it to be false. Even if it were true, oils spills occur for a variety of reasons - most often human failure -so technology is not a cure-all.
To The State, Columbia
Thank you for covering offshore oil exploration, drilling and production The comments by U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan touting such an enterprise have been interesting. Does Mr. Duncan understand that the United States has surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia as a producer of oil and gas? Does he understand that many oil-industry jobs are migratory? Does he understand that currently there is no oil-revenue sharing for states? And does he understand how risky drilling is for existing industries such as tourism, recreation and fishing?
― Jim Watkins, SODA Leader
Those who wish to drill claim that newer technology has made offshore drilling safer than it was in 2010 at the time of the leakage of 270 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico. No specific evidence for that claim exists, and we believe it to be false. Even if it were true, oil spills occur for a wide variety of reason – most often human failure – so technology is not a cure-all.
- Jim Watkins
CHILLING DRILLING QUOTE of the MONTH
At a Coastal Alliance meeting, County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus spoke about potential concerns about damage to fisheries. “Scientists say it could have a negative impact on fish … but that’s just scientific.” [Sun News emphasis.] “There’s no hard evidence. … We will continue to listen to the debate.”
SUN News April 19, 2015
And, of course, with any offshore drilling there is always the potential for a major spill. That risk greatly increases with the deep water operations probable in the South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Area. In daily operations, toxic effluents, sea wash-over rig floors and small spills are common, and can damage marine habitats. If producible gas and oil is found, transporting production by tankers or pipelines significantly increases the risks of spills.
It is also likely that hurricanes and/or tropical storms can cause routine spills. All these events increase the frequency of our beaches being hit with unpleasant debris like tar balls and oil slicks.
―Chuck and Bernie Bader
We are fortunate here on the coast to be blessed with a job-creating economy that benefits the entire state of South Carolina. The tourism industry accounts for one in every ten jobs in the state. This industry already generates billions of dollars annually to our economy. Unlike oil and gas products, tourism is also a clean industry that requires much less than any industrial model in governmental infrastructure and services such as schools, fire and police. That's because most of those billions of dollars are spent by tourists who come here, enjoy the natural and man-made beauty of our coastal expanses, spend their moneyand leave; leaving very little in the way of permanent footprints. Why in the world would we risk destroying this sustainable situation?
― Jim Mallow, Tradition Club
Charleton Post & Courier 5-7-15
Someone needs to ask the people running this state what part of “No” they don’t understand. Would they let the coast unilaterally decide to take everything west of Columbia and use it to store nuclear waste? That would make us money, too. Or how about we let the coal industry strip mine all those Upstate mountains? What, you say there’s no coal in those mountains? Well, what a coincidence, scientists say there isn’t much oil off our coast. But that’s not stopping the politicians.