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S.C. Senator Wants Offshore Drilling Ban Budget Provision

(AP)- A South Carolina senator says he plans to introduce a provision into this year's $9 billion spending plan that would ban onshore infrastructure associated with drilling and seismic testing for oil and gas off the South Carolina coast.

Republican Sen. Chip Campsen introduced the plan during a news conference Wednesday morning and said offshore drilling doesn't make economic sense and could threaten the future of tourism in the state. Gov. Henry McMaster, Attorney General Alan Wilson and both Republican and Senate lawmakers were also in attendance.

The provision would prevent the Department of Health and Environmental Control or local government entities to use any funds to approve licenses or permits associated with offshore drilling for oil or gas or for seismic testing.

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