Republican governor against Trump’s offshore oil plans

With South Carolina’s economy dependent on coastal business, such as fishing and tourism, any damage to the coast could have a major impact on the state.

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South Carolina’s Republican governor, Henry McMaster, has announced he is in opposition to the Trump administration and their plans for seismic testing off the southeastern coast.

Permits are currently being prepared to be issued for seismic testing along the Eastern Seaboard, but many fear the area’s marine life will suffer. Seismic testing uses loud sonic booms to determine what lies beneath the ocean floor, which can negatively affect animal populations.

With South Carolina’s economy dependent on coastal business such as fishing and tourism, any damage to the coast could have a major impact on the state.

Robert McCauley, the lead author in a new study, said, “Zooplankton underpin the health and productivity of global marine ecosystems and what this research has shown is that commercial seismic surveys could cause significant disruption to their population levels.”

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