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SC mayors respond to executive order on Atlantic Ocean drilling

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BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) -

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Now, mayors along South Carolina's coast are responding to the order, including Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling.

He says the risks of seismic blasting and drilling are too great for the impact they could have on our area.

"I think it is a showing of our community coming out to show the quality of life is important to all of us,” said Mayor Keyserling.

President Trump's order directs the Interior Secretary to review the current development plan on the outer continental shelf for offshore oil and gas exploration. It also includes a review of the regulations and permitting process for development and seismic research.

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