Governor McCrory is fighting to shrink the buffer zone for seismic testing off North Carolina's coast bringing it closer to shore...and while energy advocates argue there is no evidence that it harms marine animals, concern in the scientific community is growing. Tune in Wednesday, April 22 at noon for the next CoastLine.
Battleship North Carolina stands as a tribute to those who served in World War II and attracts a quarter-million visitors each year. But the ship, permanently moored in Wilmington, is in need of emergency repairs.
Even the strongest people and monuments age with time, and the steel hull of Battleship North Carolina is thinning. In some spots, a finger can poke through. That’s because the last major repairs were done over sixty years ago, despite the fact that the U.S. Navy’s standard requires repairs every twenty years.
Seismic testing gauges oil and gas deposits by shooting loud blasts of compressed air into the ocean. President Barack Obama approved the guidelines for its usage last year. But a group of scientists is calling upon the President to rethink that decision.
William McLellan of UNCW’s Marine Biology Department is one of seventy-five scientists who wrote to President Obama in opposition to the planned oil and gas exploration program off the Atlantic coast. They are concerned about impacts to marine wildlife.
On the Next CoastLine: Beach renourishment uses sand from offshore to stabilize the oceanfront, which increases storm protection and recreational value. But where does the money for this continual replenishment come from? And how does it affect our environment? We'll talk with Tracy Skrabal of the NC Coast Federation and Layton Bedsole, New Hanover County's Shoreline Protection Coordinator.
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On the Next CoastLine: Spring is in the air! And with the sun and rain come gardening woes and questions. We'll be digging up the answers with Tom Ericson of The Transplanted Garden and master gardener Barabara Sullivan on Wednesday, April 1 at noon.
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