Looking Offshore For Energy

A North Carolina panel exploring energy available off the state's coast hears from the public about the choices ahead.

The Offshore Energy Exploration Study Committee meets on Tuesday in Wilmington. The panel created by the General Assembly earlier this year holds a public comment session on the University of North Carolina at Wilmington campus.

The committee's interim report filed in May said there may be a significant amount of oil and gas deposits in federal waters under the Outer Continental Shelf off North Carolina.

The panel said North Carolina also could produce a significant part of its energy by harnessing offshore wind, especially north of Cape Hatteras.

The committee's final recommendations are due next May.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    Tug, I am sure environmentalists will kill this in the state. Bev doesn't want it either. Remember, its about them and not us in NC.
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    Where ever its at, drill a hole! I move the stuff for a living. We need it, our economy depends on it. That is the fact. We do need to develop something else but right now its just not feasible. Also I wouldn't have to work out of state. It would bring literally thousands of jobs to the area out of Morehead, Wilmington, and Norfolk. Oil rigs need support and a lot of it. It should be done cleanly and it can be done cleanly. Trust me, nobody wants another Exxon Valdez (including big business) and the industry has changed a lot ever since.

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