Letter: Drill, baby drill off Myrtle Beach-area coastline will kill, baby kill

04/27/2014 7:00 AM

04/28/2014 6:32 AM

How can people not see what oil drilling does to our environment and what one spill could do to our community? Maybe the chances of it happening are low, but look at recent spills, or even the long ago one of the Exxon/Valdez. “

Oil spills take an enormous toll on human communities, and are grim reapers of fishes, turtles and other endangered and threatened wildlife.”

The problems caused by just one spill would be devastating to our coastline for many of the following reasons:

1. destroy the beaches and coastal waters;

2. harm and kill wildlife;

3. cause negative effects on the fishing industry;

4. cause 10 or more years of clean-up and restoration at a huge expense;

5. destroy the tourism industry for years (if it would ever recover)

6. poison our streams, marshes and lakes and in the process, destroy our drinking water;

7. empty storefronts and restaurants;

8. and most of all, drive down property values more than during the recession and would probably never return.

Don’t let the drilling occur off our coasts. Let’s work to keep our beaches pristine and waters clear. We have one of the most undamaged coastlines on the east. Let your voice be heard by the lawmakers who think this would be a boom to our economy; let them know that drilling for oil is like playing Russian Roulette.

The writer lives in Pawleys Island

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