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Environmental groups concerned about off-shore drilling executive order

The Surfrider organization is concerned a possible new executive order regarding off-shore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean could have severe consequences for the North Carolina coast. (Source: WECT) The Surfrider organization is concerned a possible new executive order regarding off-shore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean could have severe consequences for the North Carolina coast. (Source: WECT)
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The Surfrider organization is concerned a possible new executive order regarding off-shore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean could have severe consequences for the North Carolina coast. 

President Donald Trump is expected to make an executive order that would allow for drilling in the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in over 30 years. The order would instruct the Department of the Interior to reverse President Barack Obama’s withdrawal of hundreds of millions of offshore acres from future drilling.

According to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the order should come before May. 

Kevin Piacenza is the president of the Cape Fear Surfrider organization. He said opening up drilling would have a negative effect on the North Carolina coast. 

"The spills, whether they are catastrophic or routine, have had a devastating impact on the environment," Piacenza said. 

Those in favor of the executive order believe it could bring more jobs and economic benefit to the Atlantic Coast. Carolina Beach Town Mayor Dan Wilcox said he would be in favor of the possibility of off-shore drilling if oil companies could prove the environmental impact would not be significant. 

Piacenza doesn't believe the drilling would bring better jobs to North Carolina. 

"Most of the jobs that we are talking about for people in North Carolina in the drilling industry are service jobs," Piacenza said. "They would not be the high paying, high benefit jobs that you often hear about when the oil industry is selling their product." 

Piacenza thinks that investing in more sustainable energy is the best solution. 

"In our state, we have enormous potential when it comes to both solar and wind," Piacenza said. "This is happening now in the northeastern part of the state. It could be a huge economic boom for the state."

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