SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - A group of concerned citizens visited businesses Saturday in Wilmington, Carolina Beach, and Wrightsville Beach asking them to publicly oppose offshore drilling.
The Don't Drill NC Coalition organized the Coastal Day of Action.
"We have a number of concerned citizens, volunteers that are coming out to help us with our day of action," said Drew Ball, director of Environment North Carolina.
Ball cited North Carolina's coastal jobs, tourism economy, and fishing industry as reasons to avoid offshore drilling.
"North Carolina has a lot to lose if this plan moves forward," said Ball. "(North Carolina) supports well over 30,000 jobs directly because of our clean coast, and we have a huge fishing industry, and a huge tourism industry, and all that would be put at risk if there were offshore drilling. When you drill, you spill, and we know that no matter what."
The group brought signs businesses asking them to display the signs.
"Small, local businesses have the most to lose if this plan moves forward," said Ball.
Proponents of offshore drilling say it provides energy independence, more local jobs, and benefits national security.