The Fayetteville Observer posted a short and sweet editorial over the weekend that reiterates the point millions of North Carolininas are wanting to make to the Trump administration: Don’t drill here.
“The Trump administration’s plan to open up virtually the entire American coastline to oil and gas exploration has created an angry storm of opposition, as well it should. We read almost daily about the enormous amounts of oil and gas already being pumped from old and new oil patches across the country, thanks to new drilling techniques that include “fracking.” The U.S. is on track to become the world’s leading petroleum producer within a few years — without needing to open up new areas to offshore drilling.
As we know, offshore exploration can be risky. The Deepwater Horizon disaster is only our most recent example. And even with relatively well-managed offshore drilling, there are small accidents that foul beaches and marshes. Residents of coastal areas that support large fisheries and tourist industries are understandably reticent to consider the addition of oil to their economies. And while it appears Florida’s governor cut a quick deal to keep the drilling rigs away from his coastline, other states’ appeals haven’t gotten such a sympathetic response.
Several states — including South Carolina — are taking other measures to keep the drilling rigs away, introducing legislation that prohibits infrastructure related to oil or gas production from being built in or crossing their state waters. But especially in our neighbor to the south, there’s plenty of support for drilling as well. It’s going to be a battle royal. Yet the issue is already settled in virtually all coastal communities: Residents don’t want it. They see it as a threat to their very existence. And it is.
There may come a time when we need the oil and gas that are out there, but this isn’t it.”