By Rob Morris on June 16, 2014
With state lawmakers and the governor rallying for more energy exploration, Kill Devil Hills commissioners have reasserted opposition to drilling for oil and natural gas.
A resolution passed by the Board of Commissioners last week questions figures claiming millions in income and thousands of jobs generated by energy production. It says money and jobs from tourism far exceed any projections from oil and gas.
All four current board members and the mayor have been elected since the town last passed a similar resolution.
“The 20 counties that comprise North Carolina’s coastal region generate more personal and commercial income, public revenues and employment opportunities than the petroleum and natural gas industry is estimated to bring into the State,” the resolution says.
In the resolution, the town notes planned investments in beach nourishment to help tourism and the risk that offshore drilling poses to the coastal ecosystem.
The resolution, which cites the Exxon Valdez and the Deepwater Horizon oil spills, also provides figures on revenue provided by tourism and fishing.
It urges other towns in the area to pass similar resolutions.