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Drive to Drill: A Timeline of the Push for and Against Atlantic Oil and Gas Development

Monday, August 24, 2015 By Sue Sturgis, Facing South | News Analysis
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The Obama administration is currently weighing public comments on a draft offshore oil and gas leasing proposal that for the first time in history would open an area of the Atlantic 50 miles off the East Coast from Virginia to Georgia to drilling.

As a Facing South investigation detailed, the Atlantic drilling plan is being promoted by an alliance of coastal state governors working closely with oil and gas industry lobbyists under the leadership of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R). It's opposed by a growing grassroots movement that includes environmentalists, business groups, coastal residents and elected officials.

The following timeline highlights key events in the decades-long push for and against Atlantic drilling, from the oil crisis of the 1970s that sparked calls for expanded domestic drilling to the explosion in the number of East Coast communities taking formal stances against the current Atlantic drilling proposal.

 
 
 
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Sue Sturgis

Sue is editorial director at the Institute for Southern Studies, which she joined in November 2005 as director of the Institute's Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, a project to document and investigate the post-Katrina recovery. A former staff writer for the Raleigh News & Observer and Independent Weekly (Durham, North Carolina), Sue directs and regularly contributes to the Institute's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or coauthor of five Institute reports, including "Faith in the Gulf" (August/September 2008), "Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement" (January 2008) and "Blueprint for Gulf Renewal" (August/September 2007). Sue holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University.

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Drive to Drill: A Timeline of the Push for and Against Atlantic Oil and Gas Development

Monday, August 24, 2015 By Sue Sturgis, Facing South | News Analysis
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

The Obama administration is currently weighing public comments on a draft offshore oil and gas leasing proposal that for the first time in history would open an area of the Atlantic 50 miles off the East Coast from Virginia to Georgia to drilling.

As a Facing South investigation detailed, the Atlantic drilling plan is being promoted by an alliance of coastal state governors working closely with oil and gas industry lobbyists under the leadership of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R). It's opposed by a growing grassroots movement that includes environmentalists, business groups, coastal residents and elected officials.

The following timeline highlights key events in the decades-long push for and against Atlantic drilling, from the oil crisis of the 1970s that sparked calls for expanded domestic drilling to the explosion in the number of East Coast communities taking formal stances against the current Atlantic drilling proposal.

 
 
 
This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Sue Sturgis

Sue is editorial director at the Institute for Southern Studies, which she joined in November 2005 as director of the Institute's Gulf Coast Reconstruction Watch, a project to document and investigate the post-Katrina recovery. A former staff writer for the Raleigh News & Observer and Independent Weekly (Durham, North Carolina), Sue directs and regularly contributes to the Institute's online magazine, Facing South, with a focus on energy and environmental issues. Sue is the author or coauthor of five Institute reports, including "Faith in the Gulf" (August/September 2008), "Hurricane Katrina and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement" (January 2008) and "Blueprint for Gulf Renewal" (August/September 2007). Sue holds a master's degree in journalism from New York University.