County mayors warn of oil search

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Mayors in northern Beaufort County held a news conference in May to warn residents about a future potential threat: Proposed testing for oil and gas deposits off the coast could stir up unexploded bombs, weapons and radioactive waste that were dumped on the ocean floor decades ago, they said. The group called on the federal government to investigate the matter before any testing work is permitted. Currently, eight permits have been issued to explore the Atlantic Ocean for natural resources. The S.C. Environmental Law Project is planning to file a lawsuit on behalf of the towns of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal to block any testing.