Why so far away? McCrory questions 50-mile drilling buffer

BOEMGovernor Pat McCrory reiterated his support for offshore drilling to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Wednesday. But McCrory told the congressional panel the federal government’s 50-mile imposed buffer zone “unnecessarily puts much of North Carolina’s most accessible undiscovered resources under lock and key.”

McCrory testified that the strict application of that buffer zone could place as much as 40% of North Carolina’s potential offshore energy reserves “out of play”:

NCPW-CC-2015-04-07-oil-rig-flickr-tsuda-CC-BY-SA-2-0-150x150‘I urge the BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)to reduce the proposed coastal buffer zone off the North Carolina coast. A reduced buffer would keep North Carolina’s coast land ocean activities undisturbed, maintain the view from our 320 miles of ocean beaches and shoreline, protect marine life and preserve the availability of potential resources.’


Gov. McCrory told the subcommittee while he respects those who may disagree with his position, he believes there is “widespread support” across North Carolina for offshore leasing, exploration and development.

Click here to read McCrory’s full statement, including his position on revenue sharing.


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    April 16, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    I think it is a good idea just so that our taxes could stay static or even go down. In a rational world progressives should like the idea too as it would allow for more state receipts and more gimmies to the progressive/democrap clientele.

  2. david esmay

    April 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I think we should plant an oil, or fracking rig in McCheese’s back yard and see how he likes it. From personal experience, I can tell you it sucks.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    April 17, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    My back yard would not be big enough unfortunately. But I would not mind if it could as I would be able to get the royalties.

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