Offshore Energy Meeting Planned

A state panel that's advising Gov. Beverly Perdue on developing a comprehensive offshore energy strategy for North Carolina is holding the first of three public meetings in Wilmington.

The Star-News of Wilmington reports that the first meeting of the Governor's Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy will meet Monday afternoon in the nursing building at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Perdue created the panel in September 2009 by executive order in response, in part, to a proposed five-year federal oil and gas leasing program for the sale of leases off the Atlantic coast. That proposal has since been scrapped, largely due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last summer.


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  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jan 11, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    You know OSOC, you're quite a hostile and easily offended person, super thin skin. I'm sure that sentence alone has made you angry already. Clearly you want the people commenting on this page to say dumb stuff so you can swoop in and say whatever is on your agenda/platform and feel smarter, or holier than thou if you prefer. Take off your horse/agenda blinders and read what I really said again. All I said was NC is the most at-risk state for hurricanes historically, and that at some point or another a major disaster eventually COULD happen, not WILL happen next year. I also pointed out that alternative energy will only come as a last resort, say when gas prices reach $10 a gallon. You're so Tea Party it's crazy, and clearly you are a shining example of why people are scared of right-wing crazies like you, which in turn makes them despise Sarah Palin; you like her, therefore normal people can't support her. Did that go over your head like a crashing wave of oil on the Gulf Coast?
  • by 40 Location: jville on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:19 PM
    We should always be exploring newer technology, longer term solution. We need a short term solution to raise the funds for alternatives.
  • by Dave Location: New Bern on Jan 10, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    For energy conservation, we definately need to look at solar, wind and ocean currents for energy. Read the Jan. 2011 article in Popular Science on using current and tidal power. Investment for our Future! This will reduce our dependancy on oil and help the environment. The initial cost is high,but not as high as doing nothing.
  • by 40 Location: jville on Jan 10, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Even if it would take 5 years to get product out of the sea floor imagine all the drilling crews, equipment and logistics support that would come here for the beginning of the process.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 10, 2011 at 01:28 PM
    bud, hope you have that alternative energy solution going on, just make sure if fits the unleaded nozzle, like the one you have, on our cars. So, you didn't notice how many hurricanes hit the gulf over the past years? Really? Look up Katrina and how much oil was spilled. At least have one fact to support your hooey...I gave you the history on the BP platform...went right over your head..what really happened...
  • by I Location: will take it!!! on Jan 10, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    Look, Nobody here LOVES our Coast as much as me, But this has got to happen for us to start having some kind of control over these gas prices. Every time they start talking about it they(The Government)says it could take up to 5 Years to start seeing the effects of this, well I say then we should have started 2 Years ago when it was such a Big Deal. I am all for it at this time because Lord knows I need all the help I can get Living in La Grange where the Power Bills are RIDICULOUS!!! Also I don't know much about the operations on an Oil Rig but hopefully there can be some kind of Break Away system in place now for when all heck breaks loose it will automatically shut things off. Maybe we have Learned from the Gulf Spill.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    I think that they should approve drilling ONLY IF they revamp the rule book and safety features to prevent another Deepwater disaster. It's just nuts how the platforms can have 300 rule violations and continue to operate full steam ahead, what is this the USC Trojans football program? Also, NC is in the prime hurricane target zone, and aside from the recent bad luck of the Gulf Coast area, I think we can expect the storms to start smashing our coast again soon. We've really been spared here lately, and it's inevitable that a big one would come rolling in and destroy rigs causing a major environmental problem. I really doubt that drilling on the coast would make our gas prices go down more than a nickel anyway. Eventually they would go back to $3.00 a gallon, it'd just be putting it off for 5 years, if that long. The only real solution is another energy source, but that'll only come as a last resort.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    40, this is the part that blows me away. We need jobs...right? We need fishing revenues by our fishing boat...right? We need less expensive energy for our homes and for the poor...right? Bev shot herself in the foot with the windmills and now she wants to "discuss" this. We have people like Barlow that still drive their cars and heat their house, yet somehow, this doesn't apply to them. We have an oil spill in the gulf which has been rare....the president allows it to get out of control and kill wildlife, then has a moritorium on drilling. The jobs go to foreign companies that are not tied to the US...now that is planning....planning for failure...I will change my mind when the tree huggers park their cars, sell their houses and become cave dwellers...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    Yeah we do not need to drill in this country,lets just keep buying our oil from rogue nations like venezuela,or countries that support terrorism such as libya and saudi arabia,or we can build wind mills just off of our beaches down the entire coast.
  • by 40 Location: jville on Jan 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    Ever heard of a natural gas spill or environmental disaster from one? Imagine the jobs that could bring to ENC. Not to mention the benefits offshore fishing would get from all the manmade structures offshore. Then there is the attraction to other business and industry if we had a cheap source of energy close by.
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