Legislators Hear About Off-Shore Drilling Along NC Coast

Since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, talk about off shore drilling along our coastline is heating up.

And when the North Carolina General Assembly convenes today, a special committee will reveal their findings on the economic and environmental costs to drilling.

Just last week, the Interior Department indefinitely, canceled hearings on the proposed sale of gas and oil leases off the coast of Virginia.

The hearings were to be held in Norfolk, North Carolina and Maryland.

Back in March, President Obama decided to expand exploration for oil along the Atlantic seaboard.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 13, 2010 at 12:35 PM
    beachbum3, I read about the story of what happened and it would seem every safety feature they had, failed. We went from blaming the other guy to what really happend. Now, keeping in mind, there are almost 4000 rigs there, no record of spills, great history of rig fishing...the blowback prevented was activated and didn't work. It is backed up with batteries and was supposed to shut off all flow. It was brand new....by the way, you cannot afford to shut off all the drilling rigs. If you think the price of gas is expensive right now, it would shove speculators into an all new high. They need to find out what happened. Really, what happened. Was there sabatage...why did the valve fail, why was the well head not able to be plugged....
  • by beachbum3 on May 13, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    There should not be another oil well hole punch into the sea floor until these oil companys can asssure the public at large that these kinds of incidents will not happen again in the future.or at the very least these companys should have adequate means of reacting quickly to shut off the flow of oil an for it not to have take 3 to 6 months to stop the flow of oil from a damanged well in the ocean floor. all drilling in the oceans should be stopped until they companys can have a sure fire way of preventing these kinds of incidents from taking place in the future thank you
  • by Chet Location: Greenville, NC on May 13, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    States that have offshore drilling have NO STATE INCOME TAX because the state gets a percentage of the royalties from the offshore drilling. Fun Fact: More oil is naturally secreted from the ocean floor every week than has been involved in the current oil spill. Crude oil is a food source for marine animals such as shell fish, fish, shrimp, etc. Their populations will explode over the next several years.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 12, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    : ANTI- Me, Myself, and I on May 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM, I am guessing you don't drive cars and you have no house, from your post. I think that would make you a hypocrite... wouldn't it...I mean, certainly, you would not want us buying oil from people that want you dead...right? The only thing I don't quite understand, was how were you able to go to WITN site...it takes electricity generated by coal and oil? You knew that...right? You know progressives killed nuclear power back in the 70s so you would use oil and coal...right?
  • by Justice on May 12, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    Uncomprehendable they can't cut off the oil coming out of the pipe. Back up plans and plans to back that up should have already been in place. To rely on a single mechanical part to be able to stop it is reckless. I am positive someone in the oil companies and goverment regulators, have asked this same question before. What if the cut off valve failed after a diaster at the surface? Worse case for any off shore drilling, we lose a platform and what contaminates it holds, stopping the flow of oil out of the ground should have never been questionable. Only now after its happened, they are searching ways to do something bout it. IF this box was a backup plan, why didnt they already have one on standby, and perfected to work. Off shore drilling itself should be justifiably safe, this oil was in the ground, not in a ship, not in transport. They failed to be prepared. Should have been "cutoff valves backing up more cutoff valves."
  • by John Location: Washington on May 12, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Just do it already, just because that rig blew up does not mean all will, look at how many are in the Gulf, 4,000 ! we need to find the cause of the explosion, more than likely some idiot smoking on the rig did it! But the oil is vital to americans until we find alternative power, and not wind and solar as it is now, we have been dumping big money in them for decades now and they make up less than 7% of our power now. Use oil and Coal now to create renewable, or hey lets build more nuclear plants.....
  • by ANTI- Me, Myself, and I on May 12, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    SPILL SPILL SPILL. It will drive jobs away from NC. it will eventually raise gas prices... eventually. but if you dont start now it wont lower gas prices
  • by Me myself and I on May 12, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    DRILL DRILL DRILL. It will bring jobs to NC. it will eventually lower gas prices... eventually. but if you dont start now it wont lower gas prices
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 12, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    AGain, coincidental that an oil rig would blow up right at the time drilling was discussed, don't you think? With thousands of rigs in the gulf...how convienent that this would have happened......
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