Mark Sanford To Study Offshore Drilling

WILL FORMER GOVERNOR RETHINK HIS OPPOSITION? U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) will venture into the Gulf of Mexico this week at the invitation of a Louisiana lawmaker to learn more about the offshore energy issue, his office announced Monday. Sanford will join U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and other members on…


U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) will venture into the Gulf of Mexico this week at the invitation of a Louisiana lawmaker to learn more about the offshore energy issue, his office announced Monday.

Sanford will join U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and other members on a tour of an offshore oil rig in the Gulf.

“This tour will provide Members with a better understanding of the technology and skill involved in offshore energy production and how it is critical to America’s energy security,” Scalise said.

Last year Sanford voted against a bill championed by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott aimed at lifting a federal moratorium on offshore drilling – one of only five GOP House members to oppose the legislation.

Sanford said at the time he believed decisions regarding offshore drilling should be left up to individual states.

In 2006 – while serving as governor of South Carolina – Sanford outright opposed offshore drilling, arguing the practice “significantly weakens the vital protections that South Carolina’s coastline has enjoyed for the last 25 years against offshore drilling and could negatively impact the largest industry in our state.”

Will this trip change his mind?

“I look forward to learning more about offshore energy production during this trip and witnessing firsthand what it entails, given the role it plays in both our country’s energy future and the larger debate policy makers will have on the pros and cons of drilling off the coast of South Carolina,” Sanford said in a statement.

We support offshore drilling … although we believe its authorization should be left up to individual states. We also believe oil and gas companies should be responsible for every penny of clean-up costs associated with any accidents.

U.S. President Barack Obama made a half-hearted push for offshore drilling in early 2010 – although that was part of his left-leaning “cap and trade” energy tax hike (which was supported by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham). Obama quickly abandoned the issue in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster – a wellhead blowout that killed eleven people and resulted in 5 billion barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf.

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GrandTango May 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

I thought Sanford began offshore Drilling, on his Ho, when he walked out on his wife and kids, years ago…why is he studying it?

Sandi Morals May 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

Look what the alternative would have been.Can you imagine Drilling the Busch?
Just the thought makes me sic. :-)
I like Sanford, the politician.When you can debate a card board cut out of the nastiest socialist in America and win every debate, you got something going for ya.

GrandTango May 12, 2014 at 11:08 am

Bush was not a cheater. That may not mean much to people like you, but it means something to me…

If a man will lie to the one woman he pledged his life to, what will he do to the voters???…I doubt that makes any impression on you…but lies, and a liar, are why the country is in such a mess, under Obama…

Smirks May 12, 2014 at 11:22 am


Right over T’s head.

junior justice May 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm


TontoBubbaGoldstein May 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm
Slartibartfast May 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm


(Now.. eef only dee bool will be comings bak dees way again!)

truthmonger May 12, 2014 at 11:24 am

On this we agree. You keep your word. Period.

Sandi Morals May 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

Not ‘Bush’-‘BUSCH’ AS IN ECB!

Smirks May 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

Offshore drilling? What does Maria think of this?

aikencounty May 12, 2014 at 1:53 pm

She’s got all her bait in the water,trying to hook a bigger fish!

master bait May 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I understand bait goes bad in shallow waters.

Jimmy Dean May 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Now that Belen is here, his offshore drilling days are over, poor sausage.

truthmonger May 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

Oh. for a minute I thought he had met a new woman on a boat….

Taxpayer's Titty May 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

Sanford has been drilling offshore for years.

William Wallace May 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

You beat me to it! In Argentina!!!

bogart May 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Thought that was called floating fornication.

His expertise is public June 3, 2014 at 11:54 am

What’s to study? He already got his PhD in the subject (Philandering Husband Dunce.)

guest May 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

What’s up with Mark’s marriage plans? Per P@C he would not discuss it and said he will not talk about his private life. Hard to believe that a man so in love with his mistress that he gave up his wife and family would take his time to make her the new Mrs. Sanford.

Rufus May 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Maria’s not looking so hot anymore so I guess he’s rethinking marrying her. Houston’s a great place to get laid quietly. What happened to the horse trainer Jenny was drilling in Aiken?

guest May 12, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Jenny with horse trainer?? You mean the horse owner, right?

aikencounty May 12, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Hadn’t heard that one.
She was schmoozing around with Dickie B., from Augusta.
Don’t know how that one turned out, the B’–mans are a pretty quite and low key bunch of millionaires.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm


*Oops. Thought you said “Dickie V.

Boz May 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Yes, it’s the horse owner. Mister Millionaire somebody. But he wasn’t good enough for her, I presume. I hear Jenny’s wound up like a clock, very intense, and imagine that Mark has mated with Chapur to get unwound.

Staying True May 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Are you intimating Chapur is a “loose” woman??? No news there. I hear the wives of Argentina breathed a sigh of relief when she got engaged and moved to the US.
Good for Jenny! At least she has integrity enough to date unmarried men.

plight of the pelicans May 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

After reading Jenny’s book, living with him 24/7, and dealing with his sons’ justified animosity, Chapur is probably rethinking marriage!
Sanford recently had shmoozy things to say about Jeb Busch, Rick Perry, and Rand Paul. Maybe he is going more establishment wack-job. This junket to the Gulf signals that he is having a “studied” or “nuanced” reversal of opinion. That, or it is a free food and drink get-a-way for him and his honey.

Squishy123 May 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

” What happened to the horse trainer Jenny was drilling in Aiken?”

I just threw up a little in my mouth.

Itsy May 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

Fading tan lines, sinking magnificent parts, a scowl that replaces a smile….

MBC reporting May 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

“Recientemente, me fui en un “viaje turístico” del Congreso para el Golfo de México para estudiar el impacto de la perforación off-shore ….”

John May 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm

So is someone chaining him to the anchor and throwing him in the water, because I would support such a study!

Rocky May 12, 2014 at 2:35 pm

He needs to support drilling in his district. Think of the jobs man, think of the jobs.

job seekers May 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Does SC-1 have a district? My ho’s is primed for drillin’ and we could use new johns er jobs.

Philip Branton May 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

****…..meanwhile over at the Folly Beach sand renourishment “festival”…..******

Tim Scott: Gosh these sand pumps really are huge in front of the Tides Hotel…just look at all this sand……

Tim Goodwin: Yeah, and check out the WIND ENERGY that is blowing all that sand around too…….I wonder just how much tax revenue the citizens of Folly could make off the wind around here..!!

Mayor Riley: We are not putting up WInd Turbines around here no matter how much BLOOD for OIL is saves. We can not allow citizens or cities to become self sufficient…why would we need to send Tim or Lindsey to DC..?

Wil (bartender at Surf Bar): Who ever scheduled a sand bulldozer in front of the TIdes Hotel this last weekend is a real genius. Who in their right minds would schedule this type of work to be in front of the biggest beach party in Charleston.?

Nancy Mace: Wish I had known about the bulldozer schedule too. ….Those guys are hot. I could have scheduled a calendar shoot and got a bunch of fellow cadets out here to help raise some funds for veterans….and wind turbines..!

Sea Turtle egg: “oh GOD…!”

nitrat May 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

When did Mark Sanford EVER turn down a junket?

BlackMagic84 May 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

You mean Mark reads in-between hiking the Appalachian Trail and hiking Maria Chapur.

junior justice May 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm

It is now 4:37 pm EDT on May 12, 2014, and have not found a serious comment for this article. But I’ve been laughing my head off! Thanks to you all.

anonymous May 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm

The biggest threat to national security is Mark Sanfraud

Deo Vindice SC May 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I think Markey and Nikki proberly found a way to get a hand into the cookie jar, That makes some sense out of nonsense.

Slartibartfast May 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm

“The problem with capitalism is that it works, especially when socialism does not.” – Ctl. Comm. Sec. Jintao Hu

euwe max May 12, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I wonder what he’d say today?

euwe max May 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Why didn’t he study it the first time around?

ready for his close up May 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

Mindlessness, the rules don”t apply to him, language barrier, no one was watching…..

guest May 13, 2014 at 7:58 am

It has come out now that Argentina has oil and maybe he wants to give them tips on offshore drilling.

Thomas May 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Sanford’s votes against offshore drilling for natural gas is reason enough to dump him come 2016. If Sanford has an interest, it sure is not for US energy dependence. Most likely he smells a “lease” land to Shell Oil deal to build a LNG terminal somewhere on the Sanford Moonlite Bunny Ranch.

TontoBubbaGoldstein May 13, 2014 at 6:23 am

Mark Sanford was willing to sacrifice EVERYTHING by taking “AMERICA’s DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN DRILLING” and “owning it” so that we don’t have to.

The man is a hero of Biblical proportions.

He is drilling for YOUR future…you unappreciative morons!!!

Walter-White May 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Sanford joined forces with in opposing an international seafood business in Beaufort. I have a copy of his letter to DHEC asking them to deny needed permits. His actions were solely based on rumor, lies, and innuendo. Let’s hope he gets the facts he needs to make an informed decision about energy exploration off our coast.


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