Tell Governor McCrory: Offshore Drilling is Not the Answer

gov mccroryIt’s time to tell Governor Pat McCrory that allowing offshore oil and gas drilling in the Mid-Atlantic is not good for the economy, environment, and communities of our state.

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!

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Tell Governor McCrory: Offshore Drilling is Not the Answer

  • June 23, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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    I run the above fb page and have requests for your “Don’t Drill NC” yard signs to be sent down to a business person on Emerald Isle. Can you help?

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    • July 3, 2015 at 10:51 pm
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      Yes Geoff! We have some yard signs already at Stir It Up Coffee Shop in Emerald Isle. If you need more, drop us a line at action@nclcv.org.

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      • November 18, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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        Where can I get signs near Newport or Morehead??

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  • July 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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    Exxon Valdez spilled an estimated 11 million gallons in Alaska and BP spilled an estimated 206 million gallons with Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf. If the 42,000 gallons mentioned above is correct [ seems somewhat low ], wouldn’t the total of offshore oil spilled over the last 40 years be more like 5,167 times higher at 217,040,000 gallons?

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  • November 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm
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    I live two miles from the ocean here in Wilmington, NC. Leave our coast alone. At the current price of oil, this is a drop in the bucket compared to the loss of our beautiful natural areas. Don’t care about the big oil companies and your lobbyist. I voted for you and the rest of the Republicans on a straight ticket. I will vote for the Democrats next election because of what you all have done to hurt the film industry and education in our area. Just stay away.

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  • November 18, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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    I received a ‘page not found’ message after trying to send my comment.

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  • November 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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    Tourism. Fishing. Beaches. DO NOT MIX with drilling and possible catastrophic spills.

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  • November 19, 2015 at 12:35 am
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    Please save our Beaches

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  • November 22, 2015 at 11:53 pm
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    More fossil fuels? That’s the last thing we need! Please support renewables, not fuel that adds to the warming of our planet.

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