It’s time for round two, folks.

All signs point to President Trump issuing 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 will likely be back on the table for dangerous oil and gas extraction.

We will once again mobilize and resist. 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.

 

Find more information about the regional fight to #ProtectOurCoast here.

Thank you to all who turned out in Morehead City on April 29 to stand up against Trump’s plan to sell our ocean to Big Oil and Dirty Energy! You can find coverage of the event here.

 


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.

 

22 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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  • 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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