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.