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Perdue creates panel to study offshore drilling

Posted September 21, 2009

— Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday established an advisory panel to study the prospect of drilling for oil and natural gas off the North Carolina coast, as well as the possibility of generating renewable energy offshore.

“The North Carolina coast is home to an abundance of natural resources, some of which have the potential to be tapped as energy sources. As we research this potential for national and state use, I intend to make sure sound science and a thorough examination of the risks and benefits drive our decisions,” Perdue said in a statement. “It is imperative that North Carolina have the opportunity to share in the profits and not limit our options to pursue alternative energy solutions such as wind power.”

The Governor’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy will analyze and report on the feasibility of tapping offshore energy sources and will identify the benefits and areas of concern about these energy resources, she said. Members will study current laws, rules, processes and procedures that affect the use of offshore energy resources, such as federal leasing programs, state and federal permitting programs and local zoning and ordinances. Also, the panel will evaluate federal proposals to use North Carolina’s offshore energy resources, including any proposals from the U.S. Minerals Management Service for offshore oil and gas lease sales.

Perdue said she also sent a letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, questioning the proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010–2015. She said there is little information on which coastal areas are under consideration for energy exploration, and the federal government has not resolved the issue of revenue sharing for North Carolina and other East Coast states. She also said the planning process doesn't include possible renewable sources of energy offshore.

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  • MSN93 Sep 21, 6:33 p.m.

    Fantastic. The ONLY argument I had with McCrory and now Bev is caving on this issue too. Do the people of NC really want to have oil platforms, refineries and tankers along our beautiful coastline??? Go down to Texas and Louisiana and take a look at our future if this goes through.

  • Worland Sep 21, 6:22 p.m.

    Until there is a viable alternative to oil, we need to tap our own resources instead of buying foreign oil paying the market rate. So far, none of the alternative technologies (combined) will ever meet our energy needs. We're a LONG way from getting off of oil.

    Those lithium car batteries begin to die as soon as they are made. Simple fact. Their lifespan, whether you use them or not, is 2-3 years. That's not to say they're dead after 3 years. It just means they have decayed to the point that their performance is significantly reduced. After 5 years, your electric car will be in dire need of new batteries... often at the princely sum of $7000+.

  • geosol Sep 21, 6:10 p.m.

    "Since 1988, our territorial claims only extend out 12 miles." dmarion2

    Territorial claims, yes. But look up "exclusive economic zone" in a reliable source.

  • lmbl Sep 21, 6:05 p.m.

    Let's say in the next 5 years we cut down all the trees, asphalt over the entire planet, pour all toxic wastes into the rivers and oceans so that everyone can drive a Hummer, reside in a mansion and live happily ever after.

  • jet2rdu Sep 21, 5:07 p.m.

    Vote4changeASAP, good catch.

    And don't forget that drilling for our American oil would actually reduce the risk of oil pollution by reducing the number of international oil tankers entering our ports.

  • jgilchr Sep 21, 4:55 p.m.

    We should be investing in renewable energy as opposed to fossil fuels. It is time to end the oil age

  • vote4changeASAP Sep 21, 4:50 p.m.

    Oceanic Natural Resources?

    Fishermen in NC are starving and out of business. Why? NO ONE supports our natural resources from the ocean. Most of the fish/shrimp/etc you buy or eat in resturants come from China, Mexico, or Thailand.

  • dmarion2 Sep 21, 4:47 p.m.

    What I really "love" is the presumption that whatever is out there is ours to do with as we please. Just where exactly is the eastern border of NC? Bermuda? It seems to me as if for the most part they are talking about international waters. Since 1988, our territorial claims only extend out 12 miles.

  • dmarion2 Sep 21, 4:44 p.m.

    I believe that prior to taking office as Governor, "Bev" had her primary residence in Chapel Hill.

  • affirmativediversity Sep 21, 4:43 p.m.

    Deacon posted, "don't just study it, do it! By the way, Myrtle Beach is an eyesore anyway..... they need a good Cat. 5 storm there."

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    I'm with you in the "do it" portion of your post...the rest is a tab bit harsh...

    Although, I'd love to see Oil/Gas Rigs Offshore and Casinos Onshore in North Carolina...now that would create some real revenue!!!!!

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