Offshore Drilling Panel Meets

The Legislature's expert panel examining energy exploration off the North Carolina coast will next hear from regulators who oversee the nation's offshore leasing program.

The 24-member Advisory Subcommittee on Offshore Energy Exploration scheduled a meeting Wednesday in Raleigh.

The panelists are studying whether offshore drilling for oil and natural gas is feasible and how potential revenues from what's found are worth potential harm to the environment.

Officials from the U.S. government's Minerals Management Service were slated to speak to the committee, which includes university researchers environmentalists and fuel industry leaders.

Gov. Beverly Perdue last month announced she would create her own panel to advise her on similar drilling matters and offshore wind and solar energy options.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Oct 7, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Fed up, the part that kills me with this story is whether it is worth the environmental risk. Folks, platforms are all over the gulf of Mexico, have been there for years, is one of the best fishing areas in the world and one of the cleanest run platforms in the world. Now panel, you getting me environmental idiots? You have data that says its there. You have data that it can be done "without" risk to the environment, do it. It will create jobs, save energy cost in the household and can be used for autos, natural gas. Do whatever it takes to make us more independent. Bev, stop spending money please, we cannot afford it.
  • by fed-up Location: aurora on Oct 7, 2009 at 07:21 AM
    How many millions of dollars was handed over to bev's "expert panel" to decide "for us" what is best for N.C.

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