Joining hands to protest offshore drilling

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - On Saturday Americans and people across the world will be joining hands on beaches and in parks to peacefully protest the dangers of offshore oil drilling.

The event is called "Hands Across the Sand" and groups of people will join hands on 659 beaches across America to bring attention to the dangers that offshore drilling presents to oceans and marine wildlife, fishing industries and coastal economies.

"The image is powerful, the message simple," event founder Dave Rauschkolb said.

Rauschkolb is a surfer and an owner of three restaurants on the beach in Seaside, Florida, located on the northern Gulf Coast.

"No to offshore oil drilling, yes to clean energy," Rauschkolb said.  "We are drawing a line in the sand against offshore oil drilling along America's beaches and in solidarity events across
America and around the world. No one industry should be able to place entire coastal
economies and marine environments at risk with dangerous, dirty mistakes."

Everyone is invited to participate in this event and groups will start gathering at 11 a.m.  People will form lines in the sand and join hands at noon.

"Hands Across the Sand" says their mission is to change the energy policy away from its
dependence on fossil fuels and into the light of clean energy. They say their aim is to convince
leaders to abandon expanded offshore oil drilling and adopt policies that encourage
clean and renewable energy sources.

A group will be gathering in Myrtle Beach at Plyler Park and in North Myrtle Beach at Main Street and Ocean.

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