Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Frank Pallone held a roundtable meeting Monday to discuss the proposed ban, the latest in a long history of attempts.
Report touts benefits of bans on new offshore drilling leases
A new report from ocean conservation advocacy group Oceana finds that data on ocean-dependent jobs and fishing, tourism and recreation revenue support permanent protection from future offshore drilling.
Judge strikes down Biden administration’s lease sale pause
A federal judge this week blocked President Biden’s targeted pause of offshore oil and gas leasing, key part of an effort by the administration to address climate change.
Officials, leaders to discuss future of offshore exploration
Two eastern North Carolina officials are expected to join a national roundtable discussion Tuesday on the future offshore oil and gas drilling.
Offshore Moratorium Includes Wind Energy
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has confirmed that the Trump administration’s 10-year moratorium on offshore energy leasing includes renewable energy.
Questions Linger on Offshore Drilling, Seismic
While the president has yet to confirm Sen. Tillis’ announcement that North Carolina had been added to a moratorium on offshore drilling, permits for seismic exploration appear to be moving forward.
Trump Expands Offshore Drilling Moratorium
President Trump signed an order Tuesday to expand a moratorium on offshore drilling off Florida’s Gulf Coast to include the Atlantic coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
NC Appeals NOAA’s Seismic Testing Decision
Citing risks to the environment and the coastal economy, North Carolina officials have appealed a federal decision to override the state’s objection to a company’s plan to conduct offshore seismic exploration for oil and gas.
Spending Bill Blocks Offshore Drilling, Seismic
A $36.8 billion appropriations bill approved in the U.S. House Friday includes a provision that restricts funding for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s offshore oil and gas activities.
Halt Expanding Offshore Drilling: Scientists
More than 100 scientists sent a letter Monday on World Oceans Day urging President Trump and Congress to halt the expansion of offshore drilling and warns of the potential catastrophic impacts.
Indian Beach Opposes Offshore Drilling
Indian Beach commissioners have unanimously adopted a resolution opposing offshore oil and gas exploration and offshore seismic testing, joining 44 other coastal communities in opposition.
Study Eyes Onshore Risks of Offshore Drilling
Onshore infrastructure needed to support offshore drilling would also pose a substantial threat to the environment, according to a study released this week by Environment North Carolina.
Nags Head Mayor Fights Offshore Drilling
Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon is joining this week 30 leaders from 13 coastal states in Washington, D.C., to urge lawmakers on Capitol Hill to maintain offshore drilling protections passed this summer by the House of Representatives.
House Approves Bills to Ban Offshore Drilling
The U.S. House of Representatives approved two measures Wednesday that would permanently ban gas and oil drilling off much of the U.S. coastline, including the N.C. coast,
Group Rallies Against Offshore, Seismic
More than 60 demonstrators stood together Saturday in Calabash to rally against seismic exploration and offshore drilling, according to organizers. The new environmental group based in Brunswick County, Defenders of Mother Earth, or DOME, organized the protest to share the message of protecting the coast and timed it during the busy holiday weekend for maximum exposure. Photo: Contributed
Poll: Wind Favored Over Offshore Drilling
More than half of respondents in a poll conducted on behalf of the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce say offshore drilling is too risky and 63% say wind energy is too heavily regulated.