More legislation is in the works that could allow states like North Carolina to make decisions over offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Just last week, a measure that would have done that was dropped from a House of Representatives' bill. The same legislation is still alive though in the Senate. Now, some, Congressmen plan to introduce a bill lifting the natural gas drilling ban, while leaving the oil drilling ban in place. It's believed there could be six trillion cubic feet of oil or natural gas 45 miles offshore of cape point on the outer banks. Next week, the Northeast Partnership will hold an energy forum to talk about the pros and cons of drilling off our coast.
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