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Anti-offshore drilling legislation off Georgia’s coast has bipartisan support

Companion resolutions have been filed by mostly Coastal Georgia lawmakers opposing offshore drilling and seismic testing off the state’s coast.

The resolution has bipartisan support in both House and Senate chambers. The resolutions support the protection of Georgia’s coastal life, tourism industry, and fisheries.

Both resolutions emphasize that Georgia’s tourism and fish industry contribute $1.1 billion to the state’s Gross Domestic Product and the fragility of 368,000 acres of saltmarsh.  The Georgia Department of Economic Development puts the tourism and fishing industry at over $2.0 billion.

Last month, the Trump Administration announced plans most of the U.S. coastlines, east and west, involved over 90 percent of offshore drilling and exploration measures.

Most of the cities and counties along the coast sent resolutions in opposition to the offshore drilling in 2015.

The governors of Florida and South Carolina have opposed the offshore drilling explorations. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has had concerns over the potential impact of the offshore drilling but has not entirely ruled out the possibility of offshore drilling explorations.

U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter, who represents coastal Georgia, has been meeting with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to move the public meeting on offshore drilling from Atlanta to the coast to accommodate citizens who live 300 plus miles away from Atlanta.

The public meeting will be held at Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel
One Hartsfield Centre Parkway on Feb. 28th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Georgia State Senate Sponsors and Co-sponsors of SR 706:

Lester Jackson (D-Savannah)

William Ligon (R-Brunswick)

Harold Jones (D-Savannah)

Ben Watson (R-Savannah)

Steve Watson (D-Stone Mountain)

Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro)

Georgia State House Sponsors and Co-Sponsors of HR 1041

Carl Earl Gilliard (D-Garden City)

Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon)

Sam Park (D-Lawrenceville)

Don Hogan (R-St. Simons)

Ron Stephens (R-Savannah)

Jesse Petrea (R-Savannah)