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S.C. Coastal Legislators Oppose Offshore Drilling

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - There's support for the Trump administration's offshore drilling proposal among South Carolina's mostly Republican congressional delegation, but not from lawmakers who represent the state's coast.

The Associated Press surveyed House and Senate members last week following Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's announcement the administration would vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans.

Republicans Mark Sanford and Tom Rice represent most of the state's coastline. Both are drilling critics, with Sanford noting Thursday it "speaks very loudly" that all of the state's coastal municipalities oppose offshore energy exploration. Rep. Jim Clyburn represents small coastal pockets and the state's only congressional Democrat urged Congress to act quickly to block the expansion.

Rep. Jeff Duncan is a strong supporter of drilling. His district sits along South Carolina's western border.

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