Official Suggests Cooperation On Offshore Drilling

A leader of a General Assembly panel examining energy exploration off the North Carolina coast says the state should consider working with neighbors to ensure its interests are protected.

Doug Rader with the Environmental Defense Fund in Raleigh said Wednesday that North Carolina needs to watch potential oil and natural gas drilling or alternative energy initiatives off the coasts of Virginia or South Carolina.

A oil and gas lease sale off the Virginia coast is scheduled early next decade. Virginia's state geologist told the offshore energy advisory panel two potential wind energy projects also are being discussed.

Rader said it would be unfortunate if North Carolina has no say about projects that could affect negatively the North Carolina coast, or can't share in profits in nearby ventures.


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  • by JG Location: Hoosier state on Oct 12, 2009 at 07:24 AM
    All I can say is after seeing what happens to the coast line after you start planting the off shore drilling rigs...kiss your beautiful outer banks as you know it good-bye! I do understand they will bring in a few jobs, not counting all the jobs they will be transplanting from other states, but what you will loose in the beauty and what you have here will be gone. But who am I, just one person who works my butt off so that every 5 years or so I can come down and enjoy the wonder of the outer banks.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 10, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    Ugly, go park your car and never use heat in your house. I hope you like Sushi. You should learn about "how to use the internet". Try video professor. You can learn a lot on why drilling is clean and not the cause of your fingers getting slippery. That is some of my "Obama Snake Oil" on your fingers. Add more koolaid next time and the oily residue will dilute out.
  • by Ugly Location: IBX on Oct 9, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    Cant we drill on land some where I realy dont want to see oil on the shore when im fishing. makes my flops slippery. isnt there a state park we can use maybe hide it in the woods some where.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 8, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    You decide, NC would have jobs created, natural gas at a reduced price, tax revenue, Bev never gets enough of that, oil, all with "clean drilling" platforms like those in the Gulf. Fishing will be better since the platforms create a reef. So, yea!, its a whole lot better than the windmills they want to place in the sound. Why, did you know that fish are not happy about noise? Now, who would have thunk that.
  • by Dave on Oct 7, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    I'm not "shore" if this drilling is such a good idea.
  • by K Location: Greenville on Oct 7, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    Drill away!!! Make NC the next Texas and I will start wearing a cowboy hat! yeeeeeehaaaaaaaa!!!
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Oct 7, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    Most North Carolinians DO want drilling. Within the past week every Saturn employee and every Dell employee has learned they will lose their jobs. We all know it is clean and safe and absolutely necessary. Not only for national security but for the jobs that this will bring.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Oct 7, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    We don't want any off shore drilling either here of by our neighbors. But if they do drill, we want a piece of the action. Other than demonstrating a humougous lack of commitment and integrity, what's wrong with this picture??
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