My Turn, Your Turn: Off Shore Drilling, people opposed

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Last week I confessed that the issue of off-shore drilling has me confused. I am not sure what to think. So I asked for your help.  And the response was so overwhelming, we have to break it up into two parts.  Today I'm sharing responses from just those who are opposed to off-shore drilling.

Like George who used to frequent the Texas beaches:  "There was a lot of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Little globs of oil the size of grapes would wash up on shore. Your feet would sink into the warm sand and the tarry oil would coat the bottoms of your feet..... It would really be a shame to let the man in Washington make our beaches like those in Texas."

Marvin warned that off-shore drilling would do nothing for gas prices:  "Construction of platforms costs vast amounts of money.  Who will absorb the costs?  Certainly not the oil companies.  No, it will be through increased prices at the pump. "

And finally David warned that accidents do happen: "My memory is that many, if not all,  of the environment incidents involving petroleum were caused  by man... people make mistakes.  I do not believe companies that extract and transport crude oil from the ocean floor can do it error free."

In my next "My Turn - Your Turn" segment you'll hear from those who are in favor of off-shore drilling.  So for today that's Your Turn.  To comment on this segment or anything else, email me at