“Governor Kemp is opposed to drilling off of our coast as are 15 Georgia communities and 220 communities on the East Coast,” said Alice Keyes with Brunswick-based conservation group One Hundred Miles. “If all the rest of the East Coast governors and 220 communities agree to this, it is not a partisan issue.”
A failed proposal from House Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Chairman Tom McCall, R-Elberton, would have softened the resolution to express "concern for all offshore energy exploration and encourage any exploration to be done safely.
McCall also was the only lawmaker to vote against HR 65.
Environmentalists said while a resolution stating Georgia’s opposition to oil exploration would be a good start, they hope Kemp will take more aggressive steps to remove Georgia from the Trump Administration’s list of states where seismic testing can occur.
In South Carolina, for example, the attorney general has joined a lawsuit filed by several cities and counties against the administration to block exploration off the coast there.