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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