Impact Of Oil Rig Explosion On NC's Efforts To Drill Offshore

It was less than a month ago when President Obama gave the okay for companies to explore drilling off the Carolina coast, now crews are racing to prevent an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico from an oil spill.

BP says it hopes to have completed a surface burn of some of the oil leaking from an exploded oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico by days end.

A 500-foot boom has corralled several thousand gallons of the thickest oil on the surface.

The oil is being towed to a remote area, set on fire and allowed to burn for about an hour.

So will that disaster have an impact on any plans to drill off our coast, or public sentiment?

An Elon poll conducted last week, just as details of the oil rig explosion hit the news, shows 63-percent of North Carolinians support drilling off our coast. 30-percent opposed it.

A special committee appointed by state legislative leadership is expected to reveal its findings on offshore drilling to the General Assembly on May 12th.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on May 4, 2010 at 04:24 PM
    Pirateman, you mean bill you and me. Learn about what Jimmy Carter did when he went after the oil companies...those were the "lines" years. I figure $5 dollars a gallon or higher to pay for this by summer. If Obama goes after them, figure lines and rationing...figure unemployment new level and interrest rates up there...Ohhhh, that is the hopey changey thing Obama spoke of. My point, if you allow drilling to take place, speculators hate it more than anything. Why? Then the US provides more petroleum in the market and drives the prices down. This would cover the cost of the cleanup. By the way, a lot of suspection about this oil rig blowing up. Why? Oil rigs don't just blow up. There are thousands of them in the gulf...no history of one blowing up. History of a fire, but none that blew up that required Obama to send swat teams to them and shut all of them down...hmmm.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Bill BP to the hilt for all losses to everyone!!!!!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 4, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    Anon Location: Greenville on May 4, 2010 at 01:05 AM, your inability to research a canidate, doesn't constitute the necessity of your post. I read Obamas book....I and only I, made my decision. You however, sound like the sheep that bought the hype. That is so easy a caveman can do that. I have voted for democratic leaders, however, I research who and what they want. There is a lot of diversity in the party from far left to far right, thats right, conservatives. Blue dogs. Now, be a good little lib and go voter D like you always do...in the primaries. Now, that takes talent. Just cause you made a mistake, don't justify defending Obama for following Saul Alinsky and Cloward and Piven....I mean, you knew that right? Did you know about the shadow party, Soros...you did know that right?
  • by Annonymous Military Dude on May 4, 2010 at 05:11 AM
    The un-American and hates this country remark was for "For Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM" What is wrong with voting for the most qualified, right person for the job and not the political party? I have always voted Republican for president because I beleive in what the canidates stood for, however those military members who were deployed during the last election and voted via absentee ballot never had their votes counted. Seems unfair to me that the votes of those defending this country do not even get counted. After all they are voting for their Commander in Chief will be.
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on May 3, 2010 at 10:05 PM
    AMD- I was talking about the Democratic Party!-I didn't call him un-American. I never said he hates this country! Readers can just look down and see how you are adding entire sentences to my post. Why so defensive? I still say, someone who has never admitted that he has voted for a single Democratic president is being rediculous to call himself a Democrat!
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on May 3, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    It must break the hearts of our liberal media majority that Bush isn't still our president. They could bad mouth him and hang all of this around his neck then, but he's not. They don't have that luxury and they're having to dance around the problems with the delayed response and lack of care our government has shown about this. What was horrible under Bush is normal and acceptable under President Obama. Such hypocrisy. Every major media outlet, but one, would be eviscerating Bush right now over the government's response to this.
  • by Annonymous Military Dude. on May 3, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    Why cant OSOC be a Democrat and speak up for what he believes? Does he have to worship the ground that Obama walks on like some of you do? Does him disagreeing with Obamas policies make him un-American and hate this country? No. I for one am not a Democrat but that does not make un-American either. I am in the military and have been for 20 years now, I do not care for what Obama is doing as Commander in Chief but that does not make me un-American. Will I follow his orders to go to war if I have to? Yes, that is my job. For you to come on here and say that someone who does not care for Obamas policies does not mean we hate him or America. Its called freedom of speech. I see that you have no problem with using that freedom.
  • by Anon Location: Greenville on May 3, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    What is rediculous is OSOC claiming to be a democrat. Maybe he is registered that way to vote in the primaries-kinda like a spy.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    I do not hate the president and I absolutly do not hate America. Do I want to see the president succeed with all his plans? No. I hate that he has thrown this country so far in debt that my grandchildren who have not even been born yet will be paying for it, I hate that our national defense is weaker now, I hate that they have done nothing for border security to keep the illegals out and then condemn Arizona for doing something about it, I hate that he has turned his back on our allies and appologized to our enemies, I hate that the lame-stream media refuses to report anything negative about this administration, yet they were all over Bush if he cut a fart. I'm suprised they havent tried to blame this on Bush. You have your opinions of the president and his job approval and I have mine. I'm sure you were a Bush hater, did that make you un-American?
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    I dont hate America, I just dont agree with the current president and where his priorities are. I love America, does his wife?
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