Offshore drilling planned off our beautiful coasts…Make your voice heard!
Why is this important to Charlotte? Charlotte is over 3 hours from the Atlantic Ocean, however most of us will take that drive regularly to Carolina Beach, the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach. Some spent childhood summers on one of these iconic stretches of sand, swimming in the surf, fishing the tidal creeks and enjoying the fresh seafood that is abundant in our waters. Many Charlotte area residents own second homes and dream of retiring one day to a sleepy NC coastal town, basking in the sun with our toes in the sand.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit our coast to enjoy our beaches, spending millions on hotels, dining and supporting local businesses. Coastal tourism in North Carolina is a multi-billion dollar industry, supporting thousands of jobs. This in turn creates tax revenue, which has a direct impact on all NC residents.
An oil spill could ruin our economy and environment, but the harm actually occurs way before a spill. Damage to the ocean and wildlife begins when oil companies start seismic blasting to find the best places to drill for oil. The deafening noise created by the seismic airguns can harm marine life and drive fish away. Seismic blasting is the first step to offshore oil drilling, and will soon be permitted in our waters, directly impacting the nesting of our iconic loggerhead, leatherback and Kemp’s Ridley turtles, as well as the annual migration of the endangered Atlantic Right Whale, one of the world’s most endangered species, with only around 400 in existence.
What can you do?
Take action and ask our federal leaders to defend our coasts from new offshore oil drilling and protect our ocean, waves and beaches. Encourage them to support H.R. 1941 & H.R. 205, which would permanently protect much of our nations’ coast from offshore oil and gas leasing.