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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Offshore drilling

Posted May 20, 2010 8:24 a.m. EDT
Updated May 20, 2010 8:53 a.m. EDT

How do you feel about drilling for oil and natural gas off the North Carolina coast? It's an issue that comes up every time the price of gasoline goes up. I recall doing a dozen stories on the topic when I was the full-time enviornmental reporter for WRAL in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Certainly, things have changed with the backdrop of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Accidents can happen and the consequences can be disastrous.

A group appointed by the state legislature to look into the pros and cons of offshore drilling met this week with state officials in Beaufort. The group's conclusion was that more research needs to be done to make an informed choice. The group says estimates of oil and natural gas supplies off our coast are outdated.

What is your opinion? Should we push for drilling off the coast?