The issue of offshore drilling off the coast of South Carolina is very concerning. I believe, as the recent newspaper editorial pronounced, that local officials from the coastal towns and cities should have a very strong voice on this subject.
One thing that has not been mentioned or part of the conversation is a drilling operation's effect on the mainland. Having read or seen features about fracking shale oil in our country and the effects not only below ground or in the groundwater are the consequences of the operations above ground. Whereever the docking station would end up will greatly affect that area or community. Trucks rolling in and out of a docking point will heavily impact the roads and those small communities or towns these trucks roll through. We already have huge problem with our roads that our state government will not properly address.
The working element that might possibly be introduced to these small towns and communities could bring crime and other unwelcome situations. And, of course, the most important consideration is the affect on tourism, which is one of the most economically beneficial and green industries in our state.
Since a huge part of our property taxes are given to the state of South Carolina and our high property taxes (due to high property values) are a result of our visitor and tourist impact, the Town of Hilton Head Island is one town that must have a say in this issue.
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Phyllis M. Neville
Hilton Head Island