Governor Easley Fights For NC Control Of Offshore Oil

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.

Click above to read the text of Easley's letter.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 18, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    Actually, you will find most of think of our families and our country. Gasoline runs the country last I checked. If you think wind and solar fills you tank up, try it. The nozzle doesn't fit. Your Obama doesn't care about his country, he worries about his personal agenda to get even with the country for all the misjustices. He is the leader of the DOPES (Democratic Obama Party Euphoria Speculators). I am guessing you are a memeber as well.
  • by @@@ on Sep 17, 2008 at 11:41 PM
    Do any of you people think about anything other than your self?
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    Another deceptive con job by the Democratic Congress to kill drilling. The fastest way to get oil within two years, create jobs, and split revenues with the state is drill within 50 miles of the coast, not over 50 miles. The bill in Congress will fail and we, the taxpayer, will be left sucking our thumb!! Oust everyone on those incompetent, self indulgent, pompous "Nitwits" in November.
  • by David Location: Manteo on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    This kind of sounds like a good thing but the more important thing they need to work on is that NONE of the oil drilled off the coast of not only North Carolina but all the way around our country that it DOES NOT get shipped to other countries. As far as taking charge and ownership of our own rigs is a good idea but its more or less kind of a greedy decision when other states that are unable to drill will be losing out. We need to help eachother out as a whole country. If we stop supporting other countries then we will be ok. But 50% of what is drilled off the coast of the US is supporting countries that have their own rigs. It's time America becomes self dependent and stop relying on other countries to get us through hard times. Because the way I see it, other countries are not helping us half as much as we are helping them!!
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    Yep--sure sounds like a liberal wanting the keys to another spending bonanza. Easley does not need to have any input to who controls the oil. I do agree, however that big oil does not really have our needs at heart---it's all about the money. Also if easley and his cronies want to have control over the oil out there, put the money up to explore and retrieve it. HAR HAR HAR!!!
  • by Ron Location: Merritt on Sep 17, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    Sounds like the mark of a socialist to me. Of course, it's a moot point, because, as Obama Snake Oil so aptly put it, their big "concession" to the clamoring to drill off-shore makes it impossible to get the oil that is close in. And the oil futures boys know it; witness the $6.00 spike in the price of oil today. What a sham!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 17, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    Who would know better about our oil reserves than our governor? They all have oil drilling experience and are certainly aware of how many barrels are off our coast. Of course, they eliminated the billions of gallons within the 50 mile limit. This whole thing stinks of liberal influence.
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