Offshore Oil Drilling
Seismic Survey and Offshore Drilling are not compatible with our coast.
The North Carolina Coastal Federation opposes seismic surveys because of its negative effects on fish and marine mammals as well as the potential barriers the activity poses to access for recreational and commercial fisheries.
Seismic surveys are the first step in planning where offshore oil and gas exploration will occur. The ship pictured above is towing an airgun array used to produce seismic waves that propagate to the seafloor to locate oil and gas resources. If permitted, seismic surveys continuously generate airgun blasts throughout the survey area for months at a time. These surveys are known to disrupt behavior patterns for marine mammals, sea turtles, fish, and can decimate zooplankton populations, the base of the marine food web. Additionally, the destructive processes associated with offshore drilling pose too great a risk to this state’s coastal economy and environment. The waters off North Carolina should be off-limits to offshore oil and gas exploration and development.
COAST Anti-Drilling Act: Support Needed
May 26, 2021 – The Clean Ocean And Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act was introduced in the House (H.R. 3116) and Senate (S.1851). The bill would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to permanently prohibit the exploration, development, and production of oil or natural gas from occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf in the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, and Straits of Florida planning areas. Contact your Congressional members of the Senate and House of Representatives and ask them to support the COAST Anti-Drilling Act to permanently protect our coast from the negative impacts of offshore drilling.
History of the Issue
- The federation’s comment letter to BOEM on the proposed 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (2018)
- The federation’s comment letter to BOEM in response to a request for comments for a 2019-2024 leasing program (2017)
- The federation’s comment letter to BOEM on the danger seismic surveys pose to fish (2016)
- The federation’s comment letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service requesting that it meets with BOEM to discuss the potential risks fish face because of seismic surveys (2016)
The Power of Policy
You can help protect one of the healthiest and most beautiful ecosystems in the world through advocacy and policy.