December 5, 2013 4:48 PM

Oil lobby: NC to gain 55,000 jobs, nearly $4B in revenue from offshore drilling

As the push for offshore drilling heats up, the oil-and-gas industry said Thursday that North Carolina could gain 55,000 jobs, and nearly $4 billion in revenue, if the Atlantic Ocean off the state's coast were to host drill rigs and oil tankers. According to the American Petroleum Institute, the powerful energy industry group, most of the jobs would come from industries that would supply the roustabouts, deckhands and truckers: in retail, food, waste and social assistance.

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