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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019 12:00 pm

Morehead City, N.C.

Jan. 9, 2019

TO THE EDITOR:

It is time that the Carteret County Commissioners take a stand to oppose seismic blasting and offshore drilling. They are one of a few county commissions along the North Carolina coast who have refused to reverse their decision from a few years ago when they adopted a resolution in support of blasting and drilling off of our coast. Our state governor, Roy Cooper, and our state attorney general, Josh Stein, have both come out to strongly oppose seismic blasting and offshore drilling. The current administration, specifically NOAA, has given the OK for permits to be issued to five companies to start the process of seismic blasting along the Atlantic Coast. This process is incredibly hazardous to aquatic life from whales and porpoise down to the basis of the aquatic food chain, the zooplankton. This activity will have a disastrous impact on our Crystal Coast and the entire Atlantic Coast.

Individuals, communities, businesses, commercial fishermen, government agencies (local, regional and state) have come out in opposition as well. There are lawsuits up and down the coast, including North Carolina, that have been filed to stop seismic blasting from happening to our aquatic ecosystem. Yet the Carteret County Board of Commissioners still refuses to take a stand to protect the very thing that makes Carteret County so very special … our coast. The reasoning from the county commissioners thus far has been that they want to wait to see what the federal government is going to do before they would reconsider their position. Well, the federal government has made it clear as to their intentions. So now, commissioners, it is time to step up.

Please consider attending the next Carteret County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, Jan. 14th, at 6 p.m. If you would be so inclined, speak out during the public hearing time on the agenda. Many, including me, will be doing just that.

If you aren’t inclined to speak, please come show your support for protecting our coast and attend the meeting and wear a blue shirt. The future of our coast depends upon it. Hope to see you there Monday, Jan. 14th, at 6 p.m. in the courthouse in Beaufort. Thanks for standing to protect our waters.

LARRY BALDWIN

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper

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8 comments:

  • Core Sounder posted at 8:05 pm on Fri, Jan 18, 2019.

    Core Sounder Posts: 418

    think most of know that the fish are pretty abundant in the Gulf of Mexico and that the offshore oil platforms are excellent fishing structure since they act as fish attractors. Do not doubt that a few fish, mammals or reptiles might be disturbed by the racket for a while but finding oil or gas is pretty important if we like to continue paying 2 bucks a gallon for gasoline. Do not allow these "end of the World doom and gloomers" to have you believe that the world as we know it will come to an end if oil companies are allowed to test for oil and gas in our offshore waters.

     
  • PINEYPOINTER posted at 8:41 pm on Sun, Jan 13, 2019.

    PINEYPOINTER Posts: 155

    Drill baby drill.

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 12:14 pm on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Sharks kill tuna too, so lets kill all the sharks! [wink]

    ps. humans seem to have acquired a taste for them as well, makes one wonder?

     
  • David Collins posted at 10:15 am on Sat, Jan 12, 2019.

    David Collins Posts: 4632

    What a total waste of time. If all this drama is true, why are there so many fish, shrimp and other critters in the Gulf of Mexico? Just does not add up and is rather foolish. But, this is a snowflake driven issue, is it not?

     
  • NC-Native-Son posted at 6:25 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 504

    It kills the tuna.

     
  • NC-Native-Son posted at 5:48 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    NC-Native-Son Posts: 504

    It will kill all the fish!

     
  • DeadBolt posted at 3:07 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    DeadBolt Posts: 2664

    Noone in this State is rolled deep enough to stop these companies if they want something.

    Now, continue to drum up support for a cause that you will never win, great spirit.

    ps... folks, before you all start throwing money away donating to this cause, i suggest you read up on the Oil industry, and just how powerful it is around the globe, if not, get ready to lose all your funds.

     
  • Osprey posted at 1:39 pm on Fri, Jan 11, 2019.

    Osprey Posts: 658

    County Commissioner sphere of influence does not extend out beyond our shores. Perhaps the plea should be directed towards NOAA & Federal Gov where there is authority and power to make decisions off the coast.

     

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