Is There Oil in South Carolina?
South Carolina has no crude oil reserves or production, and there are no petroleum refineries in the state. All petroleum products are imported from out of state, and most enter South Carolina at the Port of Charleston or by way of 2 refined product pipelines from the Gulf Coast. South Carolina also has no economically recoverable natural gas reserves or production, and all-natural gas consumed in the state arrives by way of interstate pipelines.
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Are There Offshore Oil Drills Off the Coast of South Carolina?
In September 2020, President Donald Trump placed a decade-long moratorium on offshore oil drilling and seismic testing along South Carolina and much of the southern Atlantic Coast.
The move to increase limitations represented an about-face to the administration's prior stance on offshore drilling, as Trump had sought to remove such restrictions in 2017 with an executive order that would've paved the way for significant expansion of the U.S. petroleum industry.
However, this order was met with strong resistance from coastal states, leading to a 2-year legal fight. In April 2019, a federal judge ruled that Congress, not the president, had the authority to remove protections on locations such as those Trump had eyed for opening off the coast of South Carolina.
South Carolina Energy Profile Facts
- Natural gas deliveries to South Carolina's electric power grid increased by 75% from 2011 to 2021, increasing from 100 billion cubic feet of natural gas in 2011 to 178 billion cubic feet in 2021.
- South Carolina’s natural gas consumption ranks in the bottom 15 U.S. states, due largely to the state's mild winters. Approximately 25% of households in North Carolina use natural gas for heating.
- South Carolina’s 4 nuclear power plants supplied more than half of the state’s total electricity net generation in 2021, and the state was the 3rd-largest producer of nuclear power in America.
- South Carolina’s industrial sector is its largest end-use energy sector and accounts for over 30% of the state’s total energy consumption.
- South Carolina is in the top 10 U.S. states in residential electricity sales, and nearly three-quarters of state households heat with electricity, and nearly 100% have electric air conditioning.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in South Carolina 2021
Fatal work injuries totaled 107 in 2021 for South Carolina, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Transportation incidents caused 49 fatal work injuries, accounting for 46% of all fatal workplace injuries in the state. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals were the 2nd-most frequent fatal work event in South Carolina with 17 fatalities. Falls, slips, and trips resulted in 16 work-related deaths in the state.
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