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NC offshore energy panel: Drilling prospects iffy

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A science panel advising Gov. Bev Perdue on offshore energy development says oil and gas drilling is unlikely in waters within North Carolina's authority, but the coast has some of the best East Coast locations for wind power.

Perdue's office on Wednesday released the report submitted to her office more than four months ago.

The report said much more exploration is needed to determine if significant offshore oil or natural gas deposits are accessible, but if there is it will be in federally-controlled waters. For geological and business reasons, waters off other East Coast states appear more promising.

The report says without congressional changes, North Carolina would not see any royalties from future drilling.

The panel urged lawmakers to promote offshore wind power with appropriate laws and regulations.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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