Coastal Day of Action planned to fight offshore drilling

Updated: Jun. 29, 2018 at 5:41 PM EDT
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Coastal Day of Action is planned to fight offshore drilling along our coast.

Environmental organizations including Surfrider, the Sierra Club and the North Carolina Coastal Federation will go door-to-door to businesses Saturday, June 30.

The volunteers will ask businesses to join them in opposition to offshore drilling and display signs in their windows.

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration proposed opening up the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling.

Dana Sargent with the Surfrider Foundation said there's a bill in Congress that would require North Carolina to pay a half a billion dollars to remove itself from consideration for offshore exploration. Dana "That's not democracy, that's extortion," Sargent said. "We don't think that to protect our clean coast we should have to be extorted so for this effort we are trying to recruit businesses that would be most affected by an offshore oil spill or offshore oil leasing."

Sargent said small businesses are some of the most effective advocates in the fight to protect the coast.

She thinks the more businesses they can get to sign on, the more likely it is that the voice of those opposed will be heard by decision-makers.

To join in the day of action, click here.

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