Offshore Drilling

The federal government's only scheduled public meeting in North Carolina today to discuss expanding oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast and in other waters is expected to attract busloads of people opposing the idea.

Governor Roy Cooper is asking the Trump administration to exempt North Carolina from a plan to open more coastal waters to offshore oil drilling. The request follows the decision by the U.S. Department of the Interior to exclude Florida from the drilling proposal, after Governor Rick Scott expressed concern over the effect on his state’s tourism industry.