Seismic Firm Moves to Override NC Decision

A company recently denied state permits to conduct seismic surveys for oil and natural gas off the North Carolina coast is appealing to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to override the decision. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management found in June that WesternGeco’s proposal to conduct geological and geophysical surveys […]

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Fishing Interests to Get Say On Offshore Wind

Federal officials say North Carolina will benefit from a new partnership that brings together local and regional fishing interests with federal regulators to collaborate on the science and process of offshore wind energy development. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and […]

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Spate of Fed, State Bills Would Block Drilling

As the Trump administration continues its push to open more U.S. coastal waters to offshore drilling, House Democrats introduced this week a barrage of bills that together would block new drilling for oil and natural gas on nearly all of the outer continental shelf. Seven Democrats in the House each introduced anti-drilling measures Monday, the […]

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Coastal Resources Commission approves new sandbag rules

New rules allowing the expanded use of sandbags to control erosion on North Carolina beaches are set to take effect March 1. The state’s Coastal Resources Commission approved the temporary rules last week during its meeting at Atlantic Beach. The N.C. General Assembly in 2015 mandated the changes, which are also to be reflected in […]

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