WASHINGTON — National environmental groups are heaping praise on President Barack Obama for banning oil and gas drilling in huge swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Some South Carolina environmentalists, however, are fuming.

That's because Obama's executive order does not include protections for coastlines south of the Chesapeake Bay area. That leaves both Carolinas, Georgia and Florida still vulnerable to continued threats of offshore drilling and seismic testing, which many fear could disrupt their homes and livelihoods.

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