Groups charter buses for Raleigh meeting on offshore drilling

By on February 8, 2018

The North Carolina Coastal Federation and 13 other groups opposed to offshore drilling have chartered buses to make it easier for coastal residents to attend the only scheduled public meeting in North Carolina on the proposal to allow drilling for oil and gas off the coast.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management staff are to be at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown from 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26 to answer questions about the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

The meeting will not be a public hearing, but an “open-house” format during which attendees may arrive any time during the four-hour period.

The “Rally to Raleigh” buses will leave from Wilmington, Morehead City and Nags Head for the meeting. For $10 each, coastal residents can secure their seat on one of the buses.

Riders are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Buses will leave at 12:30 or 1:30 p.m., depending on location, and return by 10 p.m.

“The federal government picked Raleigh to hold the open house event for the new lease plan for offshore oil and gas development,” said Mike Giles, coastal advocate at the federation.

“This decision seems to be a direct effort to suppress the voices from the coast who would be most affected by this destructive activity,” Giles said. “We decided it was important to bring those voices to Raleigh for an opportunity to be heard loud and clear.”

Gov. Roy Cooper, Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., the Dare County Board of Commissioners and the Town of Southern Shores are among those that have called on BOEM to schedule additional meetings in North Carolina, closer to the coast.

The following organizations have provided financial support to charter the buses: North Carolina Coastal Federation; Oceana; Cape Fear Chapter of the North Carolina Sierra Club; Cape Fear and Outer Banks Chapters of the Surfrider Foundation; Crystal Coast Waterkeeper; Citizens Protecting the Atlantic Coast; Southern Environmental Law Center; N.C. Conservation Network; N.C. League of Conservation Voters; Environment North Carolina; Center for Biological Diversity; Save Our Sea NC; and the Brunswick Environmental Action Team.

The groups plan a press event and rally at 6 p.m. at the meeting location.

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@Jim, @Really: Had BOEM scheduled the ONLY hearing here locally, as they did during the last input session on leasing, the extra expenditure of fuel would not be necessary.

If the risk/reward were greater, perhaps leasing would be viable. Except for the most generous predictions by the oil industry, tourism income beats leasing income. If we need to risk a spill, there should be more economic value than what tourism already provides.


Always not in my back yard !! Remember and also realize that pretty much everywhere is somebodies backyard hypo’s !!!


@Fresh Idea no one wants to contribute to the oil supply, but they sure don’t have any problem using it. Petroleum is everywhere and there are no substitutes and certainly won’t be in my lifetime or even this century. This is much like the Kennedy’s who were for wind power until it could have possibly affected their view. Typical NIMBY.

Fresh Idea

Original concept, calling out the hypocrisy of bus riders …yawn…
If you want change, you have to use the best, most sensible, means available to get your point across. Public transportation is a great example of this.
One can mention the petroleum by-products in nearly everything that is a part of our daily fabric. Doesn’t make drilling off of our fair coast the right or moral thing to do.


Mr. Ms. Really, your definition of hypocrite seems to describe yourself..


More than willing to burn fossil fuels, but not willing to walk, bicycle or ride a horse to Raleigh. Nothing beats the comfort of a 50 passenger bus with comfortable seats and heat, but don’t forgot besides the fuel there is lots of more oil in use: plastic, tires, lubricant, carpet, and rubber flooring. In fact besides the metal parts,outer shell, and glass* the bus is a rolling barrel of oil. There is nothing quite like consuming a product, but not wanting it extracted from their backyard. *Safety glass has oil-based products in it. Regular glass does not, but is… Read more »


Hey, that’s cool! Do the buses use rose petals for fuel? As those buses belch their diesel emissions on the way to Raleigh I hope everyone feels like they are doing their part to make the world sooo! much better. And as the buses sit and idle all day in Raleigh burning diesel people can enjoy knowing they are the ultimate hypocrites. I want to see someone prove they can make it to Raleigh and protest without using ANY crude oil at all, then they may have a valid point to protest. Good luck!