Cape Fear Chapter

Offshore Drilling

Offshore Drilling Planned off Your Coasts… Time to Speak Out!

Like so many others that call coastal North Carolina home, Surfrider Foundation Cape Fear Chapter members are worried that off-shore drilling would put our pristine coastline and its ocean-based economy at unnecessary risk. Off-shore drilling and oil spills have the potential to critically impact valuable marine ecosystems and industrialize North Carolina’s coastline. Currently, thriving tourism, fishing, and recreation businesses provide roughly 51,000 jobs for North Carolinians and produce $2.2 billion gross domestic products in North Carolina. We oppose off-shore drilling because it is not worth the risk, and is not the answer for North Carolina.

Following the theme of sacrificing the public’s favorite natural areas for the benefit of oil and gas companies, the Trump administration has just announced plans to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean. This drastic proposal puts our nation’s coastal communities, beaches, surf breaks, and marine ecosystems at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

Help Us Stop New Offshore Drilling

Draft Offshore Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2019 – 2024 would open thousands of miles of U.S. coastline to oil drilling, including regions such as the Atlantic and Pacific that have been protected for decades from this dangerous practice. Surfrider Foundation is determined to prevent this plan from being finalized, but we need your help!

Surfrider Cape Fear Chapter goes to Washington

On February 11-12th 2017, Cape Fear Chapter board members Amanda Jaosd_2cobs, David Jacobs, and Kevin Piacenza, along with Blockade Runner Beach Resort owner Mary Baggett joined dozens of Surfrider members and recreation industry leaders in Washington D.C. to meet with our nation’s leaders about ways to protect our ocean, waves, and beaches. Participants visited over 50 Senate and House offices to advocate for Surfrider’s federal priorities. The Cape Fear delegation met with legislative assistants in the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, as well as, 7th District’s U.S. Representative, David Rouzer.

In February 2018, our own Dana Sargent went to DC to represent our coastal communities. Key topics of discussion included: protecting the Atlantic from offshore drilling and seismic testing; funding beach water testing programs; advancing the National Ocean Policy; and reducing plastic pollution in the ocean.

Resources and Links

  1. NC State University – Report estimates benefits, costs of N.C. energy exploration
  2. NC Tourism – Travel Economic Impact Model
  3. Beachapedia – Offshore Oil Drilling
  4. Not The Answer NC
  5. Don’t Drill NC
  6. NATGEO – Atlantic Seismic Tests for Oil: Marine Animals at Risk?
  7. OCEANA – A Deaf Whale is a Dead Whale: Seismic Airgun Testing for Oil and Gas Threatens Marine Life and Coastal Economies
  8. Beachapedia – Seismic Surveys
  9. Live Science – 7 Marine Animals That are Not OK with Seismic Blasting


For more information, please contact Sarah Cavrak