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Citizens to Join Hands Opposing Offshore Drilling


Hands Across the Sand participants to gather to say “no” to offshore drilling, and recognize local leadership

Contact: Chris Carnevale, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy,, 865-637-6055 x 29


Charleston, S.C. (May 14, 2015) – On Saturday, May 16, communities around the world will participate in the 6th annual international Hands Across the Sand day of action by gathering at local beaches and joining hands to draw a line in the sand. These lines will be a figurative way to say “no” to offshore drilling and risky fossil fuels and “yes” to clean renewable energy. This year’s events are particularly relevant given the federal government’s recent proposal to allow offshore drilling along the Southeastern Atlantic coast and the opposition voiced by numerous local governments in protest.

The 6th annual Charleston-area Hands gathering will once again take place on Folly Beach, details below. Other Hands events will take place in Myrtle Beach and Garden City Beach, S.C., as well.

At this year’s event, citizens will recognize leadership of the 17 local governments in South Carolina that have formally opposed offshore drilling or seismic airgun testing to find offshore oil and gas.

A brief press conference will precede the joining of hands. The press conference will start at 11:45 a.m. and will feature comments on the subject of offshore drilling from Folly Beach Mayor Tim Goodwin and Reverend Jeremy Rutledge, Senior Pastor at the Circular Congregational Church. Elected officials from numerous local governments that have formally opposed offshore drilling have been invited.

Since its first year in 2010, Hands Across the Sand/Land gatherings have taken place in all 50 states and 43 countries worldwide. More information about Hands Across the Sand can be found at

What: 6th annual Charleston-area Hands Across the Sand event

When: Saturday, May 16

  • Press conference: 11:45 a.m
  • Joining of hands & photo opportunity: 12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Where: Folly Beach; on the beach adjacent to the pier (101 E. Arctic Ave.), in front of Tides Hotel.



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