Monday, May 31, 2010

Obama cancels drilling lease off Virginia coast

This week President Obama canceled a lease for oil drilling off the Virginia coast. This drilling could endanger the coast of North Carolina. Currents could carry spilled oil from the Virginia coast to the Northern Outer Banks, at the point the Gulf Stream, which flows north along the Southeastern US coast, turns and heads out to sea.

For more, see the NC Sierra Club blog post here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sierra Club Capital Group back with monthly meetings

The Capital Group of the Sierra Club (Wake County) has restarted monthly meetings. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The meeting will be a presentation about the proposed Dix part with Gregory Poole and Bill Padgett, and will be at 7 pm at the Uniterian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wake Avenue, Raleigh.

Future meetings will be about greenways and trails, water quality and availability, solar energy, and other environmental subjects.

All meetings will be at the same locations and will be held on the third Thursday of each month.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Support for Drilling Decreases in NC

A recent poll by Public Policy Polling about the attitudes of North Carolina residents toward off the coast of NC showed a significant drop in support since the recent accident in the Gulf of Mexico. In April, before the accident, 61% of NC residents approved of drilling off the NC coast, while 26% were opposed. By May 10th, after the accident, the support dropped to 47%, with 38% opposed.

Although support has decreased, it is still surprising that even after the Gulf accident more people support off shore drilling than oppose it.

For more information, click here.