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Offshore drilling may come to North Carolina in the future. The potential prospects for drilling for gas and oil off the coast of North Carolina are currently being explored. The Point off the shore of Hatteras Island is an area of particular interest to drilling companies, but the area is an environmentally sensitive area. Even if North Carolina does not allow drilling or allows drilling in areas other than The Point, all of the state’s coast, environment, and economy are at risk if other states drill for oil or gas and a spill occurs. An in-depth look at the impact offshore drilling could have on the state is detailed.
Leutze, co-chair of the North Carolina Legislative Commission On Offshore Energy Exploration, provides a synopsis of what drilling for oil off the coast of North Carolina could mean. The committee had finished its report and was preparing to submit it when the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
Although changes are when oil companies finally begin to drill for oil offshore of North Carolina's coast that the public will not even be aware, but that does not stop them from asking questions that concern the economic, social, and environmental health of the coast.
An oil/gas drill site, proposed by the Mobil Oil Corporation on North Carolina's Outer Continental Shelf, is a potential hazard to rare and globally endangered seabirds. The drill site area had been nominated as a globally Important Bird Area. The drill site would also affect the area's ecotourism, as a large birdwatching industry has developed on the Outer Banks. A number of endangered species and described by the author.
In 2008, President George Bush lifted the executive moratorium on drilling for oil and gas off the East Coast. The Outer Banks are a treasure to vacationers, its marshes are breeding grounds for many species and homes for others, and it is a home for migrating seasonal waterfowl. There are potential benefits in allowing companies to drill, but at the same time, North Carolina's shoreline could face significant risks to its ecology and its economy.
Governor Pat McCrory supports the oil and gas industry and may be helping to push North Carolina in the direction of offshore drilling, which could have detrimental effects on the state's coast.