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Wilmington City Council says no to offshore drilling

Posted July 21, 2015

— The Wilmington City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday night to oppose seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling off North Carolina’s coast.

Wilmington, the state’s largest port city, said the federal government’s plan for offshore oil and gas exploration threatens coastal communities, economies and marine life.

“We applaud the Wilmington City Council for taking a stand against big oil and saying no to seismic airgun blasting and offshore drilling,” said Randy Sturgill, campaign organizer at Oceana. “Opposition to East Coast drilling is growing every day and the federal government should be listening. Opening up the Atlantic to offshore drilling is a dirty and dangerous business. There are countless risks with little to no reward.

“Coastal communities like Wilmington have the most to lose, and their voices must be heard. We encourage local residents and their elected officials to continue to speak out against the Obama’s administration’s proposed plan to open up the Atlantic to Big Oil.”

More than 60 coastal communities, including 16 in North Carolina, have passed similar resolutions. Oceana said more than 1.5 million petitions opposing offshore drilling development have been sent to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

Oceana said offshore wind in North Carolina would produce more than twice as many jobs and almost 30 percent more energy than offshore drilling in 20 years.

“These efforts could destroy our coastal economies and communities for decades to come,” said Sturgill. “If allowed, this plan would open the East Coast to industrial offshore drilling for the first time in U.S. history. Offshore drilling in the Atlantic would lead to a coast scattered with oil and gas rigs, the industrialization of coastal communities and the looming threat of a Deepwater Horizon-like disaster.”


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  • Richard Eskridge Jul 22, 2015
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    Does the county line extend into the ocean? No? Then the vote means nothing.Actually, Dare, Carteret and New Hanover counties have boundary lines that go into the ocean. Although, the drill sites would probably be beyond county limits. It isn't a good idea to drill of the NC coast anyway. And none of those reasons have anything really to do with the environment.

  • Paul Jones Jul 22, 2015
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    Does the county line extend into the ocean? No? Then the vote means nothing.

  • Geoffrey Santoliquido Jul 22, 2015
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    Thank goodness for people like Randy Sturgill of Oceana North Carolina and those hundreds of others who attended this important meeting. The people have spoken out against offshore oil drilling and seismic testing at every opportunity. Why does our governor ignore our voices? Please join the efforts of Oceana North Carolina, Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear and Outer Banks Chapters, Not the Answer NC, NO to Off Shore Drilling in North Carolina's Waters, the NC League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and other groups on Facebook to learn how you can easily assist in the effort to stop Governor McCrory's reckless quest. We need all hands on deck!