Governor's Offshore Drilling Panel Meets

A second panel assembled by North Carolina state government is examining the possibilities of tapping into oil and natural gas reserves off the coast.

The Governor's Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy meets Tuesday at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Gov. Beverly Perdue formed the committee in September to get advice on the potential to tap into fuels under the Atlantic. Perdue also wants help evaluating wind and sun energy options off the coast and whether drilling could harm the state's tourist industry and ecology.

State legislative leaders already have formed a committee to study offshore drilling.

Perdue said initially during the 2008 campaign she was opposed to drilling but later said she would be open to it if it's considered safe.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:02 PM, actually, the facts are that big oil, as you describe them, pay taxpayers in Alaska for their oil. Palin set that up and took the money out of the politicians greedy hands. It is a matter of fact she even cleaned a republican house corruption. You know, the things we need in DC right now? Only difference, it is the democratic house that needs cleaning. I just hope when she is done, he comes to NC...Raleigh is filthy.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:09 AM
    Snake man, you're right. I believe we should construct an oil rig platform above Bev's house in Raleigh. There's plenty of oil under them rocks!!! Her releasing this headline is propaganda to satisfy the voters for a little while. Keep em jibber jabbing wondering if things will improve. Just buying time for what? D R I L L H E R E D R I L L N O W ! ! ! Vote ones in office who want to drill here & drill now.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    To mr. Tug Its in Alaska. But our polititions are getting nice big fat checks from the big oil industries to prevent all drilling.
  • by Bill Location: Williamston on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    Its a great idea but your'e going to have to fight against all the liberals who dont want to see we the people pay small cost for oil and gas because then they would get less in gas tax. It goes by percentage of gas YOU buy.We can drill baby drill where theres enough for the whole world in Alaska but we cant because ----- ----- -- -- -----
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    Forget what Bev wants, she is another dumb blonde bimbo in herself. I say go ahead and drill. It will create some jobs and then down the road will create even more jobs later indirectly. This is a great way to get the economy back on its feet. To Bubba, I'd take away the word "beloved" if I were you. They are a bunch of crooks, too crooked to be beloved.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    US Citizen, you know, Bev said she wanted to put in windmills in the sound. Windmills that will loose their grid amperage since they will be so far from the stations. She will do everything to avoid drilling as environmentalists, the ones that got us into this problem in the first place, are her lobby. Yet, when you look at the gulf, as I mentioned, hundreds of drilling platforms and no history of pollution, period. Yet, Bev will avoid at all cost, to allow drilling. She only used this as a campaign lie to get elected. Just another lie, just another democrat.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    THIS is how you create jobs and income. We know that global warming was a massive worldwide hoax so there is no reason why we should not tap into our oil and natural gas reserves.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    I am all for drilling. Put a hole in the ground and go get it. Unfortunately, the shoreside jobs in NC will be few as NC does not have the port facilities required for this. They are also not deep enough. I would expect most of the Oil would go into Norfolk as they already have the infrastructure and they can ship it there just as easy as Wilmington or Morehead. I'm not worried about whale migrations or fish spawning. We need the oil, our economy depends on it. Until something else comes along, go get the oil where ever it is.
  • by casper82 Location: Winterville on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:18 AM
    DRILL BABY DRILL and the sooner the better its time to take care of our own
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Jan 26, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    D R I L L H E R E , D R I L L N O W ! ! ! enough with the lame excuses! our survival as a nation depends on using our national resources.
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