Isle of Palms joins other SC towns against offshore drilling

International Association of Geophysical Contractors. ¬ A seismic survey ship in operation offshore mid-Atlantic states. ¬

ISLE OF PALMS — The Isle of Palms is the fourth South Carolina coastal community to go on record in opposition to offshore drilling and the use of seismic air guns to explore for oil and natural gas.

Town council approved the resolution Tuesday.

Similar resolutions have already been approved by council members in Edisto Island, Beaufort, and Port Royal.

Supporters of offshore drilling say developing oil resources would boost state economies and help the nation toward energy independence. Opponents worry oil spills could damage thriving coastal tourism. They say the focus should be on developing wind energy.

The Obama administration has included tracts off the coast of the Carolinas in a draft proposal of areas that could be opened to oil and gas exploration later this decade.