Governor Easley wants North Carolina’s congressional delegation to make sure our state and others own rights to new offshore oil supplies, instead of private oil companies.
“We should keep American oil for American security,” said Easley.
Easley's office says the House passed legislation Tuesday that would allow new offshore drilling off the North Carolina coast and other shorelines, giving the leases to private oil companies. The Senate will consider similar proposals this week, and ultimately, a House-Senate conference will decide on the final measure.
Easley's office says the Governor is urging Congress not to give access to new United States oil reserves to private oil companies whose only focus is making a profit, but instead to provide the states with leasing rights. Easley said states will not make decisions based on short term profit – their sole responsibility is to protect their citizens and their economic security. Easley said once these leases are developed, the United States would lose its last reserves and thereafter be totally dependent on foreign oil.
“If we are getting low on oil, why in the world would we give away our oil reserves,” said Easley. “Why would we give our oil to private companies so they can sell it back to us?” he said.
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