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

Opposition is brewing to injection wells for wastewater from fracking

A resolution up for a vote next Monday evening by the Dare County commissioners and a position paper from a regional water resources group in Onslow County are the latest indications of the fast-growing coastal opposition to using coastal aquifers to eliminate wastewater from hydraulic fracking. The position paper by the Onslow Water Resources Group […] Hatteras Features |  Full Article