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The North Carolina Petroleum Council Believes that Opposing Offshore Energy Development Hurts Workers, Consumers, and Businesses

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Statement from North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC) Executive Director
David McGowan in:
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(MCGOWAN):
"NORTH CAROLINA IS UNIQUELY POSITIONED TO ADD THOUSANDS OF JOBS--NOT TO MENTION, INCREASE LOCAL REVENUE--THROUGH SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE OFFSHORE-ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.  UNFORTUNATELY, ALL OF THIS WAS DISREGARDED IN GOVERNOR COOPER'S ANNOUNCEMENT, LAST WEEK [ON THURSDAY, JULY 20TH].  IT'S DISAPPOINTING THAT HE'S APPEALING TO GROUPS THAT OPPOSE IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC- AND GEOLOGICAL-RESEARCH--WHICH IS VITAL TO GOVERNMENT, EDUCATORS, AND BUSINESSES.  INDEED, HE MADE THIS DECISION BEFORE THE NECESSARY RESEARCH CAN BE CONDUCTED, TO BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR OFFSHORE-RESOURCE POTENTIAL.  SEISMIC SURVEYING HAS BEEN SAFELY USED, FOR DECADES--BOTH IN THE UNITED STATES, AND AROUND THE WORLD--TO LOCATE POTENTIAL NEW SOURCES OF ENERGY, WITH NO KNOWN DETRIMENTAL-IMPACT TO MARINE-ANIMAL POPULATIONS, OR COMMERCIAL FISHING.  THE OIL- AND NATURAL-GAS-INDUSTRY SUPPORTS OVER 140-THOUSAND JOBS, THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA--AND CONTRIBUTES OVER 12-BILLION DOLLARS TO THE STATE'S ECONOMY, EVERY YEAR.  THE INDUSTRY ALSO HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SAFE OFFSHORE-OPERATIONS--WHICH CAN COEXIST WITH OUR TOURISM- AND FISHING-INDUSTRIES, WHILE PROVIDING MUCH-NEEDED DIVERSITY FOR OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES."



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