WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - President Donald Trump has included North Carolina in a moratorium that will ban offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean for at least ten years, Senator Thom Tillis announced on Monday.
Earlier this month, Trump signed an executive order that would extend the moratorium to include Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, however, he did not include North Carolina in the original order.
This led to Governor Roy Cooper writing a letter to the Trump administration last week, urging for North Carolina’s inclusion.
After speaking with Trump on Monday, Tillis said he was informed that North Carolina would be added to the moratorium, which runs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2032.
“Over the last several years, I have listened to mayors and elected officials from Brunswick to Currituck County and have been adamant that any decision on new energy production off North Carolina’s coast should be made with the input of our local communities. Following the announcement of an offshore drilling moratorium, I urged President Trump to include North Carolina,” Tillis stated in a news release about the decision.
Tillis also thanked Trump for "listening to the concerns of North Carolinians on the coast.”
At least 45 communities have adopted formal resolutions opposing the expansion of drilling off the N.C. coast.