Support for offshore drilling in NC drops

I hope the General Assembly is paying attention:

Public support for drilling off the North Carolina coast has dropped sharply in the past month according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning firm based in Raleigh.

In April, 61 percent of Tar Heel voters polled said they supported offshore drilling, with only 26 percent opposed. Now 47 percent support it, with 38 percent opposed, according to the poll.

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Here's more from an N&O editorial

blasting the Minerals Management Service:

The MMS agency's problems, however, go deeper than any sex and drugs scandal. It is a prime example of the back-and-forth exchange of top managers between industry and government that occurs all too frequently in Washington. The last MMS director in the Bush-Cheney administration, who boasted of huge oil and gas leasing deals during his tenure there, is now president of the National Ocean Industries Association, pressing for "policies favorable to the offshore energy industry." And why not? At the MMS, federal regulation has increasingly become industry self-regulation.

Furthermore, the agency's effectiveness is severely compromised by a glaring conflict of interest. The MMS is both the regulator of the offshore drilling industry and the chief collector of oil and gas leasing revenue and production royalties for the federal government. When it comes to staffing, the money end of the operation wags the regulatory tail. Of its 1,700 employees, the agency has about 60 safety inspectors.

We almost posted on this.

I hear there is legislation floating around, that would force those that chanted "drill baby drill" to report for clean up duty.

NC Sierra Club

Meanwhile...

Offshore wind could supply up to 20% of the state's energy without significant human or environmental impacts, according to a recent study out of UNC, in collaboration with NC State and East Carolina.

Carolina Arts and Sciences adds that:

When all was said and done, the researchers drew the same conclusion: a 25-square-mile area in the Pamlico Sound, about 10 miles north of Hatteras Island and eight miles west of Avon, was suitable for the pilot study. Wind turbines there would be barely visible from the shore, appearing about one inch tall on the horizon. Subsequent development even further out in federal waters would make the turbines invisible from the coast.

Really looking forward to this

I might just have to find a bored fisherman to take me out there on his boat so I can get some pics. :)