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.
The Interior Department announced Thursday the draft five-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which would expand oil and gas exploration and drilling in U.S. waters.
A new survey conducted in the days after Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement of his opposition to offshore drilling finds most N.C. residents share his concerns about risks to the coastal environment and economy.
Gov. Roy Cooper, during an appearance Thursday at Fort Macon State Park, said the state’s environment and “robust coastal economy” are not worth the risks from offshore oil drilling and exploration.
Organizations in opposition to offshore oil and natural gas exploration invite the public to a meeting on June 6 in Wilmington to discuss ways to prevent offshore activities in the Atlantic.
A group of environmental advocacy organizations, including the North Carolina Coastal Federation, have moved to intervene in a case that could allow for offshore drilling six sites in the Atlantic.
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at removing restrictions on offshore drilling for oil and natural gas and halting expansion of marine sanctuaries.
Federal officials this week outlined the steps in the process for a proposed lease of offshore sites for wind energy off Kitty Hawk during a public information meeting in Nags Head.
NOAA released technical guidance in order to predict how human-made underwater sound affects marine mammals.
A petroleum industry lobbying group has launched an ad blitz to counter growing opposition to offshore drilling but critics say it’s the same old arguments.
While offshore drilling is unlikely to spawn great industrial development along the N.C. coast, Morehead City could become a port to service and supply any drilling rigs off the coast.
The N.C. Coastal Federation will host experts and area residents for a forum, Shaping our Economic Future: Offshore Drilling in N.C., July 31 in New Bern.
The move to drill for oil or natural gas off the N.C. coast has begun but a number of environmental studies and opportunities for public involvement remain.
In general, it can can take anywhere from seven to 10 years from purchase of the lease to the first production for an offshore well in areas that have existing infrastructure.
The history of oil drilling off the East Coast and in North Carolina has been one of dashed hopes and dry holes.
Important dates in offshore drilling history.