It's simple. The oil companies show time and again they have not figured out how to clean up an oil spill or even cap one yet they keep investing to drill deeper and deeper. All economic benefits go into their pockets because the locals loose an economic benefit they may have gained once some sludge washes up on shore. NC is the WORST offshore place to drill given its proximity to the continental slope. It's the graveyard of the Atlantic for pete's sake. When will you guys realize that big industry throws you a bone while burning down your house. Get informed.
I think your question is wrong. It insinuates that offshore drilling is bad for fishing when, in fact, it is quite benneficial to fishing. The oil platforms in the Gulf provide habitat for fish and actually boost their populations a good example would be red snapper. More fish means more fishermen which means more tourist dollars. Its a win win for everyone including the fish!
Offshore drilling is most definitely NOT good for fish or fisheries in any way whatsoever...in fact, there is no doubt that it is bad for our planet, period. Saying that oil platforms would provide habitat for fish and increase their numbers is a completely inane statement. While it is true that fish will congregate around natural as well as artificial structures, this is no way leads to any significant "boost" in their populations. Not to mention, active drilling for oil with all its inherent dangers for the marine environment FAR, far outweigh any personal achievements a fisherman might seek out.
Your "point" is selfish, ignores the consequences to marine environments, and lacks any substance whatsoever. It's a crying shame to think that locals actually might think this way, instead of thinking critically about offshore drilling (and extending our dependence on petroleum in general) and its serious impacts. And if you can't think for yourself, at least listen to the professional critical thinkers with plenty of experience about these issues: ecologists.
Creates thousands of NC jobs.
Reduces billions leaving our countrys economy.
Reduces the price of gas, keeping inflation low.
Drill Baby Drill. It is insane, we didn't do this 20 years ago.
actually if you look around a lot of the rig workers these days are brought in from other countries, also the refineries are at full output. price of gas wouldnt change much if any at all.
The oil and gas off NC is not located in 8,000ft of water. There would be no issue with shutting something down if a leak did occur. It woud greatly benefit fishing and would be out of site from beach tourists.
The sale of said resources would go to the world market just like evey where else and would have zero impact on the price of fuel at the pump. Granted it would create some jobs but would those few jobs out wiegh the risk of fishing and tourism...I think not. Our state would see no "cut" of the profits for anything obtained from drilling and the risk to our greatest $$$ generater our natural environment and tourism is very high.
I don't see how it will effect FISHING or TOURISM WHEN IT'S MILES OFF SHORE ,and by the way the most of US that WORK and PAY TAXES CAN'T (AFFORD) TO GO FISHING AND OUR TOURISM IS BACK AND FORTH TO WORK FOR US ONES LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A JOB IN THE MIST OF THIS HELL BOUND COUNTRY AND THIS FOLLOWSHIP NOT (LEADERSHIP)
Where is the logic in supporting the building of oil platforms because it would increase fishing productivity? What happens WHEN it leaks as did the Deepwater Horizon/BP platform almost 3 years ago to the day?
One rig out of over 8,000 in the Gulf. Fishing and beaches are still good down there. These wells also are also not the "ultra-deep" like Deepwater Horizon. Additionally (and correct me if I am wrong) they believe the petroleum off our coast is mainly natural gas, not crude oil,
Correct on all counts.
If the price of natural gas stays low you won't see anyone drilling out there.
BTW - we still have to condense it down to liquid (LNG) for efficient transport. Where would you propose to do this?
Don't want no "stinken" oil off of our beautiful coast. Are our friends in Raleigh crazy? Why would they want to kill their cash cow?
Offshore drilling would negatively impact our ocean, coastline, tourism, and commercial and recreational fishing. Petroleum is the worlds biggest scam. We can put in an artificial heart, have smart phone and visit a space station, yet we can't develop an AFFORDABLE car that is independent of any kind of petro. Our mindset is totally wrong, instead of getting better gas mileage we should be working on eliminating gas altogether to run our transportation.
Agree...fishing would improve. The rigs would not be visable from the beach anyway, so the only impacts would be positive!!!
I think it would be a good idea so long as the
State of North Carolina gets first crack at the oil
For our state to cut down on the rising cost of heating
Our homes and gasoline for our cars, trucks, tractors etc.
Once we are secure sell off the extra and split the
Profits with the oil company. 3 percent would go a long
Way here in North Carolina.
That's not how it works unfortunately
If oil is found within 12 miles of the coast that is considered part of the sovereign state of NC and the oil company's might have to pay "royalties" to the state. (like they do in Alaska).
But as for first dibs on the refined products? Won't happen.
You want it? You pay for it. It's called the free market.
The fishing around oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and the rest of the world is unreal. Rigs off our coast would create enormous increases in the quality of fishing off our coast.
I have been fishing all my life and now fish for a living. Any one who knows fishing and has been fishing around the world knows that oil rigs help fishing more than anything out their. Just vist the gulf it has world class fishing around the oil rigs. For people to use the fishing as an excuse to not drill is absolutly mind blowing.