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President Donald Trump signed an executive order in late April to expand energy exploration drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.  The order puts in place a new five-year program, 2019-2024, that will supersede the earlier one – essentially reversing the Obama Administration’s decision to remove the mid-Atlantic region from consideration for offshore drilling. 

Municipal elections across North Carolina have concluded; the results are in. 

Wilmington City Council welcomes back its two incumbents – Margaret Haynes and Neil Anderson.  Paul Lawler was the third-highest vote-getter – winning the seat Laura Padgett vacated after more than two decades on Council.  The window between Paul Lawler and fourth placer-Deb Hays wasn’t huge:  88 votes. 

Isabelle Shepherd, WHQR

In a unanimous decision, the Wilmington City Council passed a resolution opposing oil drilling off the North Carolina coast. Advocates on both sides focused on the economic pros and cons of drilling’s precursor seismic testing. 

 

Before making their decision, City Council heard arguments from both sides of the offshore drilling debate. Lindsey Deignan of the SurfRider Foundation spoke against seismic testing and offshore drilling. Deignan says the entire coastal economy is at stake: 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

This broadcast of CoastLine originally aired on April 22, 2015. 

It was just one week ago that Governor Pat McCrory testified in front of the House subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources about oil and gas exploration off the North Carolina coast. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries

Officials with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are reviewing ten permit applications from eight companies seeking to conduct seismic testing off the coast of North Carolina. 

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is a vocal supporter of offshore exploration for oil and gas and its necessary precursor, seismic testing. 

Scientists Call For Halt to Oil & Gas Exploration Program

Apr 7, 2015
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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.  

Governor McCrory Pushes for Revenue Sharing

Oct 17, 2014
Greater Wilmington Business Journal

At the recent Coastal Energy Summit, experts and policy makers were looking offshore for future development.  But whether it be wind, oil, or natural gas, those resources are located in federal waters, meaning the profits from the leases go to the national government.  Governor Pat McCrory is part of a coalition which aims to bring revenue from offshore energy to the state. 

Governor Pat McCrory Says Seismic Testing is Necessary

Oct 14, 2014
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When the Obama administration approved the guidelines for seismic testing this summer, it paved the way for energy exploration off North Carolina’s coast.  Governor Pat McCrory says the tests are necessary to update 30-year-old data on the region’s oil and gas reserves.