State regulators in both Carolinas have signed off on proposals by companies to conduct seismic testing for oil and natural gas off coast, subject to some conditions.
Some governors interested in offshore energy exploration - including North Carolina's Pat McCrory - plan to ask their congressional delegations to develop regional legislation to ensure states get revenues from what's being tapped into.
The Obama administration floated a plan Tuesday that for the first time would open up a broad swath of the Atlantic Coast to drilling, even as it moved to restrict drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas off Alaska.
A report by an advocacy group says twice the jobs and more energy can be generated in the Carolinas by developing offshore wind technology than by drilling for fossil fuels in the ocean.
Gov. Pat McCrory says a proposed natural gas pipeline traveling through eastern North Carolina will serve as a tool to attract more jobs and industries to the state.
McCrory visited Pembroke on Tuesday to highlight the announced construction of a 550-mile pipeline from West Virginia through Virginia and North Carolina, ending at current Piedmont Natural Gas facilities in Robeson County.
State officials say the N.C. Highway Patrol is stepping in to provide security so a public meeting on fracking can be held in Sanford.
State Department of Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Jamie Kritzer says troopers will handle security Friday along with State Capitol Police officers.
The Obama administration announced the first step toward oil and natural gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.
A decision by the Obama administration is going to be welcomed by the oil industry, but not by environmentalists.
The public now has a chance to comment on proposed rules for regulating oil and gas development in North Carolina.
Officials with the state Mining and Energy Commission are seeking public input and have opened a comment period which lasts until Sept. 15.
It was standing room only at the Kure Beach Town Council Meeting with hundreds more standing outside hanging on every word of the debate.