recent federal government proposal to open up the North Carolina
coastline to oil / gas exploration and seismic testing has generated
waves on both a local and statewide level, with many organizations
stepping up to ensure that coastal residents are represented in the
proposal would allow drilling for oil just three miles off of North
Carolina’s beaches, and currently the only scheduled meeting for the
public to discuss the proposal with the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management (BOEM) is being held in Raleigh on February 26.
have been raised by local and state officials, as well as
coastal-oriented organizations, that the locale of the meeting,
(several hundred miles inland), may deter coastal residents from
Nevertheless, organizations across the board are taking steps to ensure that voices from the coast are heard.
the Dare County Board of Commissioners’ meeting on February 5, the
board unanimously passed a resolution reflecting their long-standing
opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing off North
is the fifth resolution passed by the Dare County Board of
Commissioners since 1998, and the county website is also providing
information on the proposed BOEM plan, as well as how to submit
here to view the resolution and Click
hear for information provided by Dare County.)
the North Carolina Coastal Federation and 13 other groups opposed to
offshore drilling have chartered buses on Feb. 26 to make it easier for
coastal residents to attend the upcoming meeting.
“Rally to Raleigh” buses will leave from Wilmington, Morehead City and
Nags Head to bring people to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s
public Raleigh meeting on Monday, Feb. 26. These meetings will be in an
$10 each, coastal residents can secure their seat on one of the buses.
Those riding the buses must show up 30 minutes prior to departure time.
federal government picked Raleigh to hold the open house event for the
new lease plan for offshore oil and gas development,” said Mike Giles,
coastal advocate at the federation. “This decision seems to be a direct
effort to suppress the voices from the coast who would be most affected
by this destructive activity. We decided it was important to bring
those voices to Raleigh for an opportunity to be heard loud and clear.”
staff will be at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown from 3-7 p.m. to
answer questions about the plan. There will also be a press event and
rally at 6 p.m. at the same location. State leaders and experts will
also stand with participants in opposition to proposed oil and gas
exploration and seismic testing off North Carolina’s coast.
following organizations have provided financial support to charter the
buses: North Carolina Coastal Federation; Oceana; Cape Fear Chapter of
the North Carolina Sierra Club; Cape Fear and Outer Banks Chapters of
the Surfrider Foundation; Crystal Coast Waterkeeper; Citizens
Protecting the Atlantic Coast; Southern Environmental Law Center; NC
Conservation Network; NC League of Conservation Voters; Environment
North Carolina; Center for Biological Diversity; Save Our Sea NC; and
Brunswick Environmental Action Team.
Outer Banks Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is encouraging local
businesses to close on Feb. 26 to allow coastal residents to attend the
To register for a bus ride and for more details on the ensuing trip, go to nccoast.org/rallytoraleigh.
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