Myrick seeks approval for oil exploration off the NC coast
Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:42 AMPer WRAL:
U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick wants to drill for oil off the North Carolina coast and she thinks $4.00 per gallon gasoline might encourage approval this year. The Republican said Thursday she wants to overturn a long-standing moratorium on drilling for oil and gas off the Atlantic Coast.
The Charlotte Observer reported Myrick has introduced a bill to give states authority to allow drilling within 100 miles of their coast.
A similar bill passed the House in 2006 but didn't make it through the Senate. Myrick says the sharply increased gas prices improve the chances for approval.
The Division of Coastal Management has a page on the moratorium on offshore drilling that affects North Carolina. Below is pictured the Manteo Exploration Unit:
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