The Trump Administration put North Carolina’s coast back on the table to Big Oil and Dirty Energy in the latest offshore drilling plan. We were in this situation three years ago, and because of outspoken members like you, we won.
It’s time to regroup and once again make our voices heard. Offshore oil and gas drilling poses enormous risks to our coastal communities, industries, and ecosystems. This is not a risk North Carolinians are willing to take. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) must hear from you during this open comment period. Take action to fight back today!
Refute an argument in favor of opening North Carolina’s coast to drilling. The oil and gas industry claims that Atlantic drilling will create thousands of jobs. However, more than 50,000 jobs, in North Carolina alone, already exist on our coast and would be threatened if drilling activities occur. Also, these projections are rooted in a study of best-case scenarios that counter studies have debunked. Oil prices would need to be at record highs as would demand. Oil prices have been at historic lows for some time, and the United States is flush with oil reserves, so demand for additional oil domestically is minimal.
Tell how you will be personally impacted if the federal government allows oil companies to drill off our coast. You are a North Carolinian or have a connection to the coast. No matter what your reason, incorporate your story as part of your comment. It could affect your heart, livelihood, wallet, property, career, family — it helps to put a human impact to what can often be seen as more callous.
If you have access to data, use it. Here’s a little data we put together:
Don’t Drill North Carolina has a host of fact sheets to use (find them here)
Highlight any credentials, if applicable. If you have relevant professional or personal experience to this issue, name it: work in real estate? Fish? Attorney? Own a business? Researcher? Scientist? Work in hospitality? You get the picture..