Bag Ban Repeal Among Bills on Fast Track

Facing a key deadline later this week, legislators last week began a full-on push to move several bills affecting the coastal region, including a controversial repeal of the plastic bag ban in place on the Outer Banks since 2009. On Thursday morning, the Senate Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Committee reviewed a new environmental omnibus […] Local News |  Full Article

Officials eye water quality as floods recede By KIRK ROSS Coastal Review Online

EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — Floodwaters were starting to recede last week upstream along the Tar, Pamlico, Cape Fear and Neuse rivers, but an increasingly contaminated flow of freshwater is headed downriver, eastward to the coast. The short-term prospects don’t look good for those ready for their first taste of local oysters this season. Throughout the river basins, sounds […] Local News |  Full Article

Feds announce Atlantic drilling plan

The Obama Administration did the expected Tuesday and announced plans to potentially open portions of the Atlantic coast, including offshore North Carolina, to oil and natural gas drilling for the first time in almost three decades. In keeping with Obama’s all-of-the above approach to energy development, the federal Bureau of Energy Management, or BOEM, yesterday […] Local News |  Full Article