Cunningham Statement on the Federal Court Blocking Administration from Issuing Offshore Oil Testing Permits During Government Shutdown

January 18, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Joe Cunningham released the following statement after a federal court ruled that the Trump Administration could not issue permits to conduct seismic testing during the partial government shutdown:

“I applaud the decision of the federal court to block the Trump Administration from issuing permits to conduct seismic testing during this government shutdown.  As I have said before, any step towards offshore drilling is a step in the wrong direction. However, South Carolina deserves a more permanent solution to the threat of dangerous and unwanted offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting. My bipartisan bill, the Coastal Economies Protection Act, would place a ten-year moratorium on off-shore drilling and seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. I urge Congress to pass this legislation as soon as possible, in order to provide certainty to the Lowcountry.”

In his first week in office, Rep. Cunningham introduced the Coastal Economies Protection Act with Republican Rep. Francis Rooney as an original cosponsor. The bill would place a ten-year moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling and seismic airgun blasting off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.