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NC panel on offshore energy hears from public

WILMINGTON -- A North Carolina panel exploring energy available off the state's coast hears from the public about the choices ahead. The Offshore Energy Exploration Study Committee meets on Tuesday in Wilmington. The panel created by the General Assembly earlier this year holds a public comment session on the University of North Carolina at Wilmington campus. The committee's interim report filed in May said there may be a significant amount of oil and gas deposits in federal waters under the Outer Continental Shelf off North Carolina. The panel said North Carolina also could produce a significant part of its energy by harnessing offshore wind, especially north of Cape Hatteras. The committee's final recommendations are due next May. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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