In late January 2015 the Department of the Interior took a tentative step toward allowing oil drilling off the coast of South Carolina and several other Southeastern states. The Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a Draft Proposed Program (DPP) for 2017-2022 and for the first time has proposed opening areas off the South Carolina Coast for lease to oil and gas companies. As reported by numerous news outlets, including The State newspaper, the proposal is a controversial one, with any actual drilling likely occurring no sooner than 2021. The required public comment period on the DPP is open until March 30. You can read the DPP here and learn more about submitting comments and the Bureau’s planning process here.