Bipartisan Coastal Leadership Signs Resolution Opposing Drilling, Oil Exploration


The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Secretary Michael Regan and more than a dozen coastal leaders met last week to discuss the dangers of seismic testing and offshore drilling.  Since then 10 more mayors have signed a resolution stating their opposition. The mayors in attendance shared personal stories about how pursuing non-renewable energy off our coast threatens natural resources and public health. The Manteo meeting also featured locally elected and appointed officials, policy staff and several other interested parties.

 “This meeting is yet another example of why combating drilling and exploration off our coast is so important to our economy, environment and coastal heritage,” said Secretary Michael Regan. “Our hope is that the Trump administration will listen to what leaders on the ground in coastal communities from Bald Head Island to Elizabeth City are saying about the threats that seismic testing and offshore drilling pose to North Carolina’s economy.”

The full text of the resolution is available online here: resolution 

Bob Woodard, Chairman - Dare County Board of Commissioners
Mayor Ben Cahoon - Town of Nags Head
Mayor Deborah Ahlers - Town of Caswell Beach
Mayor Eddie Barber - Town of Emerald Isle
Mayor Sally Belangia - Town of Oriental
Mayor Tom Bennett - Town of Southern Shores
Mayor Craig Bloszinsky - Town of Kure Beach
Mayor Howard Braxton - Town of Topsail Beach
Mayor Cin Brochure - Town of Oak Island
Mayor Ricky Credle - Town of Belhaven
Mayor J.V. Dove - Town of Southport
Mayor Jerry Jones - Town of Morehead City
Mayor Ken Jones - Town of Pine Knoll Shores
Mayor Don Kingston - Town of Duck
Mayor Douglas Medlin - Town of Surf City
Mayor Everett Newton - Town of Beaufort
Mayor Bobby Owens - Town of Manteo
Mayor Bettie Parker - Town of Elizabeth City
Mayor Horace Reid, Jr - Town of Hertford
Mayor Brian Roth - Town of Plymouth
Mayor Andrew Sayre - Village of Bald Head Island



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