On Jan. 27, President Biden signed an Executive Order that directs the Secretary of the Interior to pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands and offshore waters to the extent possible. This action represents a significant step towards the permanent protection of our coast from the impacts of offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling. The accompanying Fact Sheet summarizes the details included in the EO, which focuses on actions that can be taken to address climate change.
Additionally, the EO directs the Secretary to launch a rigorous review of all existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and identify steps that can be taken to double renewable energy production from offshore wind by 2030. Currently, Kitty Hawk Offshore is the only wind energy area in development off the coast of North Carolina.
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