|| By FITSNEWS || The role of offshore drilling in the broader American “energy revolution” is the focus of a forum in Mount Pleasant, S.C. this week.
“As part of the solution to reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy and creating good jobs here at home we must keep all the options open,” Tom Marchant, the forum’s leader, said.
Marchant added that the forum was “an opportunity to learn about the process of approval for offshore development from leading experts and advocates.”
Attending the event? U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, who has been among the most vocal proponents of offshore drilling.
Duncan would appear to have significant public support. A recent poll – conducted by Harris Interactive – found a whopping 71 percent of South Carolina respondents supported drilling for oil and gas offshore, compared to just 21 percent who opposed the idea.
Offshore drilling received tentative approval from the administration of Barack Obama earlier this year. Under the terms of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s upcoming “five-year plan,” it would be permitted from Virginia to the Georgia/ Florida state line.
The South Carolina Energy Forum will be host its event in the Jericho Room of the Mount Pleasant, S.C. Holiday Inn (250 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard) on Wednesday March 11 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
For more information on the event, visit the group’s website HERE.