Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory joined the governors from South Carolina and Virginia on Thursday to request that the federal government partner with the three states to expand off-shore oil and gas exploration.
The three governors sent a letter to Sally Jewel, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Department of Interior secretary, saying that they hope she's willing "to revise the Administration’s current policy to one that is committed to safely harnessing our coast’s vast natural resources."
"It’s estimated that energy production from the Atlantic (outer continental shelf) could create more than 140,000 new jobs within the next 20 years, and we hope you will ensure that the Administration is a partner with the states on this issue," McCrory and the other governors wrote in the letter.
They said they want to develop policies that would lead to "responsible development of our offshore resources, state empowerment to make off-shore explorations restrictions specific to local considerations and revenue-sharing measures for all off-shore energy projects.