Say NO to Offshore Drilling in North Carolina
Too Much Risk, Too Little Reward
North Carolina Has Better Alternatives
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 in GDP in North Carolina. We oppose off-shore drilling because it is not worth the risk, and is not the answer for North Carolina.
Surfrider Applauds President Obama’s Reversal On Plans For Offshore Drilling In Atlantic
On March 15, 2016, President Obama reversed the plan he set forth last year to open the Atlantic to offshore drilling. The newly released “Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022” by the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) specifically excludes previously proposed plans for offshore drilling off of the Mid- and South Atlantic coast.
We in the Cape Fear region must; however, remain vigilant and understand that this could all change with a new administration. Also, seismic airgun testing along the Atlantic Coast so that oil companies can obtain data to use when the 5 year moratorium is up is an active threat. The seismic airguns will search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice the size of California, stretching all the way from Delaware to Florida. This will impact whale, dolphins, and other marine life.
Surfrider Cape Fear Chapter goes to Washington
On February 11-12th, Cape Fear Chapter board members Amanda Jacobs, 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.
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.
Dozens of Cape Fear Business Owners “Sign the Surfboard”
Surfrider’s “Sign the Surfboard” project spotlighted recreation industry opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic and culminated at the February 12 Surfrider Lobby Day Event in Washington, D.C. Sporting hundreds of signatures from coastal businesses gathered during its journey from Miami, FL to D.C., the surfboard was, without question, the star of the show. In total, 12 members of Congress added their signatures to the board before it was presented to the White House and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
100+ East Coast Towns and Cities have passed Resolutions Opposing Offshore Drilling:
Savannah, Columbia, Charleston … will Wilmington be next? Get more information here – Grassroots Opposition to Atlantic Drilling
Call Governor McCrory’s office at 919-814-2000 and tell him not to risk our proven, more profitable coastal tourism industry in a risky chase for offshore petroleum.
Resources and Links
- NC State University – Report estimates benefits, costs of N.C. energy exploration
- NC Tourism – Travel Economic Impact Model
- Beachapedia – Offshore Oil Drilling
- Not The Answer NC
- Don’t Drill NC
- NATGEO – Atlantic Seismic Tests for Oil: Marine Animals at Risk?
- OCEANA – A Deaf Whale is a Dead Whale: Seismic Airgun Testing for Oil and Gas Threatens Marine Life and Coastal Economies
- Beachapedia – Seismic Surveys
- Live Science – 7 Marine Animals That are Not OK with Seismic Blasting
Surfrider Offshore Drilling Policy: Off-shore drilling policy