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Drilling to Target North Carolina Beaches.

03 Jul

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved

This was taken last year during a storm on Ocracoke Island, a ferry’s ride away from Cape Hatteras. This has been my place of solace and where dreams came true ever since I was a kid when we started vacationing to these pristine and non commercialized beaches. My kids are continuing this tradition so reading this article just makes my blood pressure sky rocket and stomach queasy.

IT’S NOT AN OIL SPILL IN THE GULF COAST……. PEOPLE!

From the Indy:

There is a place in the sea 45 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras brimming with so much life that at depths beyond the sunlight’s reach the water is illuminated by colorful ocean creatures and fish.

Known as the Point, it is one of the most valuable and biodiverse areas of the Atlantic. Here, the cold northern Labrador Current meets the warm southern Gulf Stream and the mingling creates a parfait of marine life: swordfish, sharks, endangered sea turtles and large, iconic sea mammals such as dolphins and whales. Rare sea birds dive in the water for food.

The Point is also valuable because of what has died there. Over millions of years, plants and sea creatures perished. They were buried beneath layers of sediment and rock, which acted like a pressure cooker and eventually created deposits of oil and gas.

North Carolina’s coastline—the second largest on the Eastern Seaboard—contributes to the state’s economic and environmental wealth. But its trove of resources, including potential oil and gas deposits located offshore, also leave North Carolina vulnerable.

More here.

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