Bruce Holsten: No drilling off N.C.

November 24, 2012 

No drilling off N.C.

Our new governor and legislature have stated their intent to actively promote offshore oil exploration on our coastline. Having watched the BP tragedy with millions of gallons of crude spilled and coastal economies ruined, and now another platform explodes with millions more gallons of oil spilled, it is incomprehensible that our government would intentionally put our fragile coastline and economies in harm’s way.

There have been at least eight offshore oil spills of 100,000 gallons in the last five years. This doesn’t even count the numerous near-shore accidents, deaths and oil spills that occur every year, or the drilling companies continuing to pump tons of toxic drilling fluids and carcinogens into the oceans and waterways from daily operations. Worse, there is no guarantee of either sustainable revenue or jobs as a result of this drilling.

It take only one accident to destroy our coastline, wetlands and tourist industry. The cost would be incalculable, damage done unimaginable and irreparable. We are stewards of our coast, and while some want to make this issue political, an oil spill of any magnitude would harm Democrat and Republican alike. We must stop this from ever happening in our waters.

Bruce Holsten

Wilmington

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