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City, educators and Realtors collaborate to launch Public Square, community forums

Community leaders launched The Public Square, a new outlet to enhance community conversations. Wilmington Mayor, Bill Saffo; President of Cape Fear Community College, Amanda Lee; Chancellor of University of North Carolina Wilmington, Jose Sartarelli and President of Cape Fear Realtors, Neal Johnson held a press conference Friday morning to announce the new avenue for community discussion. 

To drill or not to drill?

That is the question a forum in Wilmington will address in October, with explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and former Shell CEO John Hofmeister presenting different views on offshore drilling off the coast of North Carolina..  

Public Square to host coastal drilling forum in October
A forum on coastal drilling will be held at Cape Fear Community College's Wilson Center on Tuesday, Oct. 17. To Drill or Not To Drill will feature Jacques Cousteau’s son, Jean-Michael Cousteau, and John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company. "Each presenter will provide a different perspective about whether drilling for oil should take place off the coast of North Carolina, followed by a question and answer period with the audience," organizers said.   read more >>

Offshore drilling risks outweigh benefits, necessity

Folks along the Lower Cape Fear have understandably been focused on GenX, but there are other environmental issues out there. Gov. Roy Cooper has made a smart choice on one of them. In a speech last week at Fort Macon State Park, Cooper announced that North Carolina will oppose oil and gas drilling off our coast. President Obama had put the Atlantic coast off-limits for oil prospecting, but President Trump reversed that order ...

Offshore drilling backers, opponents ready for NC battle

Raleigh, N.C. — Federal regulators again want to hear what North Carolinians think about allowing oil and gas drilling off the state's coast. Last year, former President Barack Obama's administration adopted a five-year energy plan that excluded drilling off the East Coast. But President Donald Trump has said he wants to see more offshore energy development, so his administration has tossed aside the 2016 plan and is starting over...


Offshore drilling debate comes to the east

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – The first of several public input sessions on the ability to pursue steps toward offshore drilling was held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center Wednesday night. The room was so full of people looking to speak there was standing room only. The topic of offshore drilling always brings controversy and Wednesday’s session was no different. The Department of Environmental Quality is hosting this...

NC Gov. Cooper: No offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean

North Carolina’s Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday that his administration will oppose the Trump administration’s efforts to open Atlantic Ocean waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. Cooper’s decision reverses the state’s policy under former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who urged federal officials to promote energy exploration in ocean waters to help the nation achieve energy independence... 


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