THANK YOU FOR CONTACTING GOVERNOR COOPER OPPOSING OFFSHORE OIL!!

He listened:

On July 20, 2017, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced strong opposition to offshore oil, summing it up in four words: NOT OFF OUR COAST.

Visit our media page for more on that exciting announcement.


Public comment period on seismic blasting closed July 21.
THANK YOU FOR SUBMITTING YOUR COMMENTS!


Public Comment period on the proposed replacement of the Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program is NOW OPEN

This page will be updated with key talking points in the coming days. Until then, you can go review what’s at stake on BOEM’s website here.


We are Once Again Mobilizing and Resisting

President Trump issued an executive order on Friday, April 28, to direct the Department of the Interior to evaluate expanding offshore drilling leases into areas beyond the already-established 2017-2022 drilling plans. For us in North Carolina, this means that our coastline is back on the table for dangerous oil and gas extraction.

There is too much at stake to put our coastal ecosystems. Don’t forget: our movement WON on March 15, 2016 when the Obama Administration released its final 5-year drilling lease plans with zero mention of the Mid-Atlantic.

North Carolina citizens are concerned about what opening our coast to offshore drilling means for them, their families, and their communities. Offshore drilling is not just an issue that will impact our state’s coastline. In fact, this type of energy exploration and the risks it pose could have enormous consequences on our state’s economy – whether negatively impacting tourism, fishing, or recreation.

Learn more about offshore drilling and what it means for our state. Find more ways to get involved with other concerned residents, business owners, and local elected officials.

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Spills happen.

 Despite promises of improved technology after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, there is no 100% guarantee on avoiding spills. Based on average national rates, the expected annual loss from oil spills off NC’s coast is $83 million. Additionally, spills bring their impact onshore, affecting the property values in surrounding counties. Early estimates note that these costs could reduce property values by between $636 million and $4.7 billion dollars. Moreover, the impact from oil spills has serious long term consequences. The long-term toxic effects can impair reproductive success for marine mammals, sea birds, fish, shellfish, and other critical sea life, which have ripple effects on our coastal economy and ecology.

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 The estimated amount of oil and gas reserves off North Carolina’s coast is a paltry 3% and 6%, respectively, of the total national supply. Based on current consumption rates, the amount of recoverable oil and gas from our coast would only meet domestic demand for 38 days (oil) and 98 days (gas). After spending years constructing the infrastructure to drill, causing habitat-destruction in its wake, our oil and gas producing days would cease to exist after four months. Even an occasional gambler knows that this is not a smart investment.

53 thoughts on “Don’t Drill North Carolina

  • June 30, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    Please protect our land air and water from drilling, fracking, pollution, and corruption. Don’t drill. Don’t frack. Its time for our government and industry to invest in clean renewable safe energy solutions.

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  • June 30, 2015 at 1:57 pm
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    NC’s #1 industry is tourism. Do you really want to take the money away from the state and ruin those whose livelihoods rely on our beautiful coast and good seafood. Stop trying to destroy NC for a few dollars and keep NC the beautiful attraction that it is. By keeping us clean, beautiful, oil rig & fracking free you will keep attracting more $ and the right kind of businesses! Please think before you act.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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    Drilling for oil off our coasts will not decrease the prices of gas. Why risk our environment and the safety of our children.

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  • July 3, 2015 at 4:31 pm
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    Where do we get yard signs?

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  • July 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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    We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. Save our future.. save our lives… DON’T Drill!

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  • July 3, 2015 at 11:39 pm
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    Stay away from our coast…we love where we live! And we love the animals that accompany us! NO DRILLING!!

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  • July 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm
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    Definitely interested in fighting oil drilling off NC coast

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    • July 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm
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      Hey Brian,

      Great to hear your interested. Where do you live? We’d love to get you connected with folks in your community.

      Best,
      Dave

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  • July 21, 2015 at 2:12 pm
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    Please let us all stand together in unity telling our government by the people and for the people. We the residents of this beautiful state don’t want drilling or fracking.

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    • June 13, 2017 at 7:44 am
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      I stand with you here in Fla. The oceans creatures have been robbed for too long already. And now they want to cause even more killing and torture to our marine life for the sake of $$. Live and Let Live. No Fracking or Drilling Please!

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      • July 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm
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        Thank you Debbie. 7 days left to submit comments on seismic!! Please share and contact your governor to oppose offshore oil in Fla. !!

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  • July 21, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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    We are lucky enough to walk to the intracoastal waterway 12 minutes from our front door. Tidal creeks are all around. Our grandchildren can fish, crab, feed the seagulls, kayak and canoe.
    These waters are already damaged by careless humans. Imagine the effects of a corporate oil spill!
    The answer here should be HELL NO! Electric and natural gas vehicles are our future. How many of your great grand parents read by whale oil lamps?
    That turned out great!!!
    Hell no, don’t ruin the future.

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  • July 28, 2015 at 11:41 am
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    We live and work and play all along the beautiful coast of our beloved state of North Carolina. Please do not jeopardize the natural beauty we are so fortunate to have. It is not worth it!!!

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  • August 8, 2015 at 12:41 am
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    Don’t Drill Signs are available in at 310 N. Atlantic Ave. in Southport.

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  • August 15, 2015 at 11:10 pm
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    It’s really sad when politicians get bought by corporate Empires.
    They don’t live on this beautiful coast and could really care less in the event that something goes wrong during an extraction. Of course, “we’re sorry” after it happens, should be enough to restore our ecosystem back to normal…and our main source of income back on the beach.

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  • November 17, 2015 at 9:25 pm
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    There are many reasons to not drill for oil off the NC Coast. We can start at the top with the most important and note, as others here have, that fossil fuels must stay in the ground if we are to control global warming. It is the most serious problem facing mankind; president Obama states this repeatedly and remember he is a person who regularly reviews world problems. Climate change is a fact and there is no more debate that it is caused by us — by emissions of fossil fuels. To protect our children and future generations in general, we must keep fossil fuel in the ground and that includes that under the ocean. And yes, I agree with many here that a serious oil spill off our coast could be horrendous for our state. Here is a quote from the NC Department of Commerce: “North Carolina’s tourism industry outpaced the national growth rate* and achieved record performance in 2014, with visitor spending increasing in 97 of the state’s 100 counties and resulting in an all-time high $21.3 billion in direct spending, a 5.5 percent increase over 2013.” http://annualreport.visitnc.com/

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  • November 18, 2015 at 11:57 am
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    Dear Governor McCrory,

    I am writing to ask that you help our state find new, innovative methods for producing the energy (and jobs) that we need to continue to not only sustain but to grow.

    I am strongly opposed to off shore drilling and gas & oil exploitation (fracking). We here in North Carolina have areas of such creative and impressive ‘brain power’, which if encouraged and supported, could help our state move forward in the area of new energy development. Please let us not waste our most precious resources: our most intelligent Human resources, and let them lead us into a future that is not dependent upon fossil fuels.

    Thank you,
    Star Sandow
    Wilmington, NC

    Star Sandow

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  • November 18, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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    It’s all well and good for the communities to object to drilling, but until you have legislators from the corresponding districts objecting, you have nothing.

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  • November 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm
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    Its a long standing fact that North Carolina residents are not in favor of offshore drilling. We need a governor who will listen to the people not the oil companies! Funny how politicians change their views on a whim.

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  • November 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm
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    I strongly oppose any consideration for off-shore drilling and gas & oil exploitation (fracking) in the State of North Carolina. Governor McCrory, listen to the voters from the communities that have passed resolutions opposing oil exploration and drilling off our coast.

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  • November 21, 2015 at 10:52 am
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    I live here in North Carolina why don’t the shores of our beaches very very beautiful we do not lean the oil drill and our shores to kill the fish the crab or anything else we the people of North Carolina you need to stand up for our rights Pat McCoy you need to leave our shores lane we live here and you do not I saw that one on before when one of them busted that was a lot of fish what are animals that got killed that is not right I helped cleaned up that was not right we have a lot of people that come to our shores because they’re so nice so please listen to all of us you have a great day and God bless you and please listen to us

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  • November 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm
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    NO DRILLING!!

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  • August 26, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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    We have been coming to the Outer Banks for over 25 years – to see such a National Treasure put at risk for oil company profits (and you know we’ll never see a break at the pumps) would have been insane. Thank you for your grass roots efforts!

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  • June 6, 2017 at 5:44 pm
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    I own a home 2 blocks from the beautiful Atlantic ocean
    My best friends are Pelicans and Dolphins
    This is our home.
    Fight Trump
    Vote out REPUBLICANS THAT SUPPORT THIS AND HIM
    2018.
    BE ACTIVE !!!!

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  • June 9, 2017 at 9:17 am
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    stay active and strorng to protect our waters and creatures we are the only voice they have and our waters have speak up and stand up

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    • June 9, 2017 at 4:09 pm
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      Thank you for your support, Linda.

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  • June 9, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    I am a Realtor and sell properties on the Crystal Coast. Dead dolphins on the beach is going to kill the tourist business ! Please don’t let Big Oil drill off of our coast !

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    • June 10, 2017 at 5:06 pm
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      Thank you for speaking out against seismic blasting and offshore oil, Sam.

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  • June 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm
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    Please don’t drill off our coast. This will hurt our wildlife, lifestyle, and other areas of the economy. It’s not worth it!

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:28 pm
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      Thanks Meghan. Please call Gov. Cooper to share your thoughts – he needs to hear from you!!

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  • June 13, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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    Please keep our state clean!! Stop putting corporations before people!

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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      Thanks Katerena. Please call Gov. Cooper and share your thoughts!!

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  • June 16, 2017 at 12:29 pm
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    We vacation 2-3 times each year on the beautiful beaches of NC, from OBX, the Crystal coast, to Carolina Beach. Our families will take our business to other states out of principal if this short-sighted offshore seismic blasting is approved.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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      Thanks for your help, Rich. This is a powerful message for you to share with Gov. Cooper. Please call him and ask your families and friends to as well!!

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  • June 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm
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    Dear Governor Cooper,

    Please continue to help our state find new, innovative methods for producing the energy that we need to sustain our beautiful environment.

    I am strongly opposed to off-shore drilling and seismic testing. We need only to look to the gulf coast states to see the permanent damage done by an oil spill. The endangered right whale and many other whales are found along our coast, and it is a well-known fact that seismic testing injures them. Our precious resources are for tourism and commercial fishing, and the jobs that they create. Please let us not waste our most precious resources by an outdated and damaging industry. this time let North Carolina be a leader into the future.

    Thank you,
    Laura Collins
    Oak Island, NC

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm
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      Thanks for contacting Gov. Cooper, Laura! Please ask your friends to do the same. And – 7 days left to submit comments on seismic blasting.

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  • June 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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    Please vote against seismic blasting and offshore drilling. Our oceans are a precious resource that need to be protected.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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      Thanks for your help Tracey. 7 days left to submit comments – please share far and wide and ask folks to call governor cooper and request he oppose offshore oil!!

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  • June 30, 2017 at 2:47 am
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    Dear Governor,
    Please, please continue to help us in the fight to protect our states’ beautiful beaches, our precious environment, and animals who inhabit the earth. They do not have a voice, so we must be it for them!. We must continue to seek better technology and newer methods to produce the energy we need.
    I strongly oppose any offshore drilling, air guns used for seismic blasting, or fracking in the state of North Carolina. An oil spill near any of our shore lines would be devasting to wildlife, our waters, and our environment as a whole. The question isn’t if a spill will happen, it is when will it happen. We can look to examples like the gulf coast spills, and clearly see that the effects are ever lasting. We have stolen from our earth long enough. It is long past time to put and end to fossil fuels, and dependence on outdated methods for creating energy. There are many technologies out there now that we can benefit from, however, politicians just don’t want to lose hold of those mighty dollars that line their pockets if we use those new and innovative means of creating energy. It’s sad really, because it’s not just us who will suffer, ultimately it will be our children who pay the price for greed. Moreover, when the earth is all used up, there will be no one left to benefit from all that money.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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      Thank you for contacting Gov. Cooper Kimberly! Please ask your friends to do the same!! And 7 days left to submit comments on seismic!!

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  • June 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm
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    Please don’t drill in the Outerbanks NC. There are very little benefits and much greater risks to our environment and animals. This is a beautiful natural coastline. There are other means to explore for energy. I want to keep this area free of pollution, and seismic blasting. Please realize the consequences on our home and environment not only now but for future generations.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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      Thanks for your help Stephanie! 7 days left to submit comments – please share far and wide and ask folks to call governor cooper and request he oppose offshore oil!!

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  • July 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm
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    Don’t you have enough wells in Gulf of Mexico?

    Please understand that most of the people of the United States are against this old way of producing energy. The fossil fuel age is just that!!..Old and Damaging to the planet that we have inherited.

    Seismic blasting & offshore drilling hurts the mammals & fish living in our Oceans.

    I’m paying attention to the people that vote in favor of this damaging practice and so are all of my friends, family and neighbors.

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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      Thanks for your help E.R. 7 days left to submit comments – please share far and wide and ask folks to call governor cooper and request he oppose offshore oil!!

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  • July 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    There is NO need to drill off the beautiful coast of North Carolina especially when we are risking so much for so little. Fossil fuels are on their way out and the sooner we embrace new, cleaner alternatives, the better off we will be as a State and country. PLEASE VOTE NO FOR SEISMIC TESTING OFF OUR COAST!!

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    • July 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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      Thanks for your help Bob. 7 days left to submit comments – please share far and wide and ask folks to call governor cooper and request he oppose offshore oil!!

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  • July 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm
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    As stated so clearly and beautifully by others there is no positive outcome for drilling off the coast of North Carolina. The negative impacts will be far, wide and lasting to gain only a small amount of useful fuel. We as a state must protect our natural areas that bring so much of a positive economic impact. Has done so for years and will continue to do so if we stop the plans to drill off the North Carolina coastline.

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  • July 18, 2017 at 4:46 am
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    Can’t understand why some people are so hell fired ready to destroy any and everything for a few
    dollars. This world as we know it will be gone for to soon as it is. Why are you money grubbing cold hearted people so anxious to destroy its beauty, contaminate water and land, disrupt the habitat of animals and fowl. In many cases the lives of people will never be the same.

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  • July 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm
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    Drill baby drill. these environmental wannabes are just a bunch of whiners, just like cooper.

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  • July 21, 2017 at 2:04 am
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    To benefit the few you are willing to risk all of our livelihood. Shame is all I have to say. Corporate Vampires sucking the blood of the innocent. If you have a child and actually care about their future and not your own selfishness then this matters.

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  • July 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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    Our oceans, our planet, once thought impervious to all our thoughtlessness, are now in danger.
    Please do not even think of drilling offshore! Be sensible.
    Handle our oceans with loving care, not assaults

    We are going to solve our energy problems other ways….

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  • July 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm
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    We will have nothing left. Our ecosystems are already damaged enough!

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