Stories by Coastal Review Online

Fight against seismic testing ramps up with another legal action

A group of conservation organizations this week asked a federal judge to block the start of any seismic exploration for oil and natural gas off the East Coast until after a pending legal challenge is heard in court.

Feb 21

Living shoreline aimed at protecting road Wright brothers used

In Kitty Hawk, the encroaching waters of Kitty Hawk Bay threaten to close Moor Shore Road, one of the oldest roads on the Outer Banks. Resident Amy Wells has watched the disappearing shoreline for a lifetime.

Feb 20

As floods worsen, tide is shifting in climate-change debate

For the past few years, inside and outside the walls of the state legislature, there’s been a noticeable shift in the conversation about climate change and its impact in North Carolina. Much of it stems from personal experiences, new research shows.

Feb 12

Dare asks Corps for OK to dredge Oregon Inlet year-round

Dare County wants the permit to operate the privately owned dredge it is partnering with to work at Oregon and Hatteras inlets. Building the dredge has been contracted, but work on it has not yet started.

Feb 6

Carter Witten takes command of the N.C. Marine Patrol

Carter Witten, most recently captain of the Wilmington Marine Patrol District and who spent part of his career in Dare and Hyde counties, was promoted Monday to colonel, becoming the Division of Marine Fisheries’ top law enforcement officer.

Feb 9

States, U.S. House Dems file bills to block offshore drilling

Seven Democrats in the House each introduced anti-drilling measures last Monday, the same day that lawmakers from nine states filed bills in their legislatures blocking or limiting new drilling off their coasts.

Jan 14

Bertie land possibly tied to Lost Colony now under state control

The new Salmon Creek State Natural Area in Bertie County covers nearly 1,000 acres and is the subject of archaeological research by the First Colony Foundation, which has found artifacts dating the 1580s

Jan 7

Rules change will allow more leeway to move shifting sand

Changes to state sand dune rules adopted in late 2018 and now awaiting final state approval would allow oceanfront land owners greater flexibility to relocate wind- and storm-driven sand on their property.

Jan 4

Governors, attorneys general join fight against seismic testing

“In moving to intervene on the side of the organizations, the attorneys general are seeking to file their own complaint on behalf of their respective states," an announcement by East Coast attorney's general said.

Dec 28

Coastal Resources Commission adopts sandbag rule changes

With the final adoption of amendments to sandbag rules during the Coastal Resources Commission meeting in November, some difficulties should be eased for waterfront property owners and Division of Coastal Management staff.

Jan 6

Disaster declaration OK’d for fishing industry storm damage

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has granted Gov. Roy Cooper’s request for a disaster declaration related to damage from Hurricane Florence to the state's fishing industry. The storm destroyed boats, gear and buildings.

Dec 11

Climate change, cities magnify torrential storms, studies say

The first paper simulated how 15 historically destructive hurricanes across the globe would have developed in different scenarios: pre-industrial, modern and three potential late-21st century climates.

Dec 6