By a unanimous vote Thursday, the state Coastal Resources Commission passed a resolution opposing offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling off North Carolina.
A new Oceana report released Thursday finds that offshore drilling is “still dirty and dangerous Nine Years After Devastating BP Disaster,” and expresses concerns over the Trump Administration’s proposed safety rollbacks.
A Brunswick County environmental group announced that it will screen “Shore Stories,” six short documentary films that highlight the grassroots resistance to offshore drilling April 11 in Oak Island.
Tillis requests more details from the administration on offshore drilling and their plans to protect North Carolina and invited officials to coastal communities to hear directly from residents.
Federal officials announced Thursday that proposed changes to rules for oil and gas production safety systems would ease regulatory burdens but keep operations safe and environmentally responsible.
President Trump has signed an executive order on ocean policy calling for more offshore drilling and revoking an Obama order issued in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
American Petroleum Institute launched Wednesday Explore Offshore, a coalition of more than 100 businesses and leaders from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida that support offshore energy exploration.
Gov. Roy Cooper, during a stop on the Outer Banks last week, discussed his administration’s focus on protecting the coastal environment, the risks posed by offshore drilling and the benefits of renewable energy.
A presentation advocating seismic surveys and the possibility of offshore drilling off the North Carolina coast did not sway the Dare Board of Commissioners from their stance that it carried an unacceptable risk.
In a 4-1 vote, Brunswick County Commissioners voted Monday to remove a resolution against offshore drilling from their agenda, maintaining its stance to have no official opinion on this issue.
The state’s Secretary of Environmental Quality Michael Regan met with Dare and Currituck leaders Tuesday to discuss battling the Trump Administration’s efforts to engage in exploration for offshore oil and natural gas.
“Shore Stories,” six short films focused on the grass-roots resistance to offshore drilling, are set for screenings in Morehead City and Jacksonville.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., has asked the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to hold a public meeting in Dare County on the Interior Department’s proposed five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program.
Brunswick County rescinded Tuesday its resolution to support offshore drilling and seismic testing, leaving Carteret County to be the only coastal government body to be in favor of offshore exploration.
Gov. Roy Cooper has urged U.S Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to grant North Carolina a similar exemption from offshore oil and gas drilling to the one given Florida.
Florida is no longer being considered for offshore gas and oil drilling, the Interior Department announced Tuesday, after Gov. Rick Scott, who fiercely opposed the plan to drill off the state’s coast, met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.