Governor McCrory has been a vocal advocate for opening up lease sales off North Carolina’s coast, defying the will of the communities and people of this state. In fact, he testified at a Congressional hearing to move the proposed 50-mile buffer zone for offshore drilling closer to North Carolina’s shore. That’s right: Governor McCrory wants to bring oil rigs even closer to our coastal communities!
The consequences of opening our coast to offshore oil and gas drilling are huge. Fishing, tourism and recreation support roughly 51,000 jobs and generate more nearly $2.2 billion in GDP for North Carolina. These three industries will face revenue losses due to spills and habitat destruction. Furthermore, oil spills happen. While many people remember two of the largest in our nation’s history –Exxon-Valdez (1989) and BP’s Deepwater Horizon (2010), it’s important to know that there have been more than 40 major oil spills from offshore drilling in the past 30 years, spewing 42,000 gallons of toxic waste into our oceans.
Send Governor McCrory a message that offshore drilling is not the answer for North Carolina’s energy future!