North Carolina Panel On Offshore Energy Hears From Public

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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by David on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Since all homeowners will be required to help pay the insurance bills at the the beach, we should have a say in the matter. Who cares what Bev thinks. I think it would be nice of all those rich folks to let us build some wind turbines in their ocean.
  • by dave on Jul 28, 2009 at 08:32 PM
    gotta start sometime! may not be ready for a few years...but until we start, it forsure wont be ready......imagine what a few thousand $25 an hour jobs would do for the eastern coastal counties..... not just the rigs but the support companies inshore too.... thats a lot of people able to make a fine living...
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 28, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    Something else to think about, the US does not construct super platforms, they are foreign made (Japan, Sweden). We can't harness wind power unless we purchase the turbines from a foreign source. Its a pity we do not manufacture anything any more. We have no steel mills, no textile mills to amount to anything. We are a country of "service providers".
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 28, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    If we started drilling today, when will we see crude. Once you have crude you will also need a refinery (when was the last time a refinery was constructed?). Pipe lines will also be required (underground). We should be looking at optional fuel and not ethanol (why use a food source to produce fuel?). We can put a man on the moon, and we can't discover and produce an alternate fuel. We have the technology we just need to expand those ideas.
  • by The flood on Jul 28, 2009 at 03:11 PM
    BHO and Bev will never allow it.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Jul 28, 2009 at 02:48 PM
    Drill, put up windmills, install wave generators, whatever we can do to harness energy. OPEC controls all of us ! We need more of our own energy sources. The dems push all this green energy until a windmill tower is to be placed in their neighborhood. We didn't used to have power lines run all over, but now it's accepted that we need electricity... we didn't used to have cell phone towers everywhere either... the windmills will become part of the landscape too.
  • by john Location: washigton on Jul 28, 2009 at 01:49 PM
    DRILL DRILL DRILL!!!!!!!
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