Dozens weigh in on offshore drilling

August 7, 2017

State environmental officials are looking for public input about the potential impact of oil and gas exploration and development off our coast.

President Trump signed an executive order in April that could expand drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.

"I have friends on all sides of that issue," Congressman David Rouzer said.

Offshore drilling is a hot topic on our coast. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a public hearing to gather feedback and to see what people think about the proposed oil and gas leasing program, along with seismic surveying proposed by the Trump Administration. Many say they worry drilling could hurt marine life.

"I'm a charter boat captain and I depend a lot on the habitat off shore, one oil spill would destroy all that habitat," Captain Dave Timpy said. "The damages would be tremendous."

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