Outer Banks oil and gas drilling: A disaster waiting happen

Looks like those leftist tree huggers at the EPA are at it again. This is from AP:

“The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.

The proposal envisions auctioning areas located more than 50 miles off Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia to oil companies come 2021, long after President Barack Obama leaves office. For decades, oil companies have been barred from drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, where a moratorium was in place up until 2008.”

Meanwhile, the good folks at Environment NC have released this excellent statement in response to the Obama administration’s momentary departure from rationality:

“New plan puts North Carolina in the cross-hairs for offshore oil drilling and exploration

Raleigh, NC- Today, Secretary Sally Jewel and the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) released the five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling, and North Carolina is front and center.

‘From Kitty Hawk to Cape Hatteras, the Outer Banks are one of North Carolina’s shining gems,’ said Dave Rogers, Environment North Carolina state director. ‘We’re putting our natural heritage at risk if we allow offshore drilling off our coasts.’

Accidents and spills are among the chief concerns of expanding drilling into new areas, especially off of North Carolina’s coast. Five years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Gulf communities are still feeling the effects, especially the booming fishing industry which still has yet to bounce back after the spill….

Now that the draft plan is released, BOEM will accept input from citizens during the public comment period for both the leasing plan and the Environmental Impact Study.”

A Sierra Club spokesperson added:

“As the administration moves to finalize this draft proposal, we hope they’ll recognize that North Carolina’s energy future should be focused on tapping our region’s large offshore wind potential. Choosing clean energy will benefit economies up and down the Atlantic coast and will benefit the environment. Offshore drilling can have adverse onshore impacts for coastal communities, including the risk of oil spills and the industrialization of our coast.

Drilling for fossil fuels off the North Carolina coast would contribute to the carbon emissions which are driving climate change. We owe it to our communities to invest in clean energy solutions.”

Let’s fervently hope that the whole plan is permanently trashed before our already incredibly fragile and endangered coastline meets a similar fate.

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