Not sure where to start to learn about offshore oil drilling and seismic blasting? You’ve found the right place. Please find a collection of fact sheets from various organizations that highlight many of the risks offshore drilling poses to communities, economies, and natural resources. Additionally, you’ll find the North Carolina cities and towns who have passed resolutions opposing offshore drilling and/or seismic testing.



  • In January 2015, the U.S. Department of the Interior proposed opening a large swath of the Atlantic to offshore drilling, spanning from Virginia to Georgia.  We mounted a national campaign to oppose drilling off our coast.

The First Movement

  • Where it all began: Kure Beach, North Carolina, a picturesque tourist destination known for its small town atmosphere and the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic coast, was ground zero in the fight against offshore oil exploration in the Atlantic Ocean. This tiny spit of sand that 2,000 people call home sparked a movement that has spread like wildfire up and down the East Coast. On January 27, 2014, more than 300 residents showed up to protest the mayor’s position on seismic airgun blasting. Check out the video of the meeting, and read more on our blog.
  • We won: In March 2016 the Obama administration removed the Atlantic from consideration for offshore drilling.
  • And yet: On April 28, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand drilling to the Atlantic coast from Delaware to Florida.

Seismic Blasting

  • The 2017 Comment Period Specific to Seismic Blasting Ended, but you can find information about it HERE

Fact Sheets

Resolutions Opposing Offshore Oil Exploration or Development

Thanks for the tireless, hardworking staff and volunteers with OCEANA, more than 500 national, state and local elected officials have taken a public stance against offshore oil exploration and/or development, including 60+ coastal towns, cities and counties that passed resolutions opposing or voicing concern with the process. Below, we have included the North Carolina cities, towns, and counties who have taken action. See the entire list by visiting OCEANA’s website.

Resolutions and Letters from NC Chambers of Commerce, Restaurant Associations, Tourism Boards, and Fishing Groups

Letters of Opposition from Elected Officials and Experts

Small Businesses & Nonprofits Opposed to Offshore Oil Exploration or Development