October 02 2012

Save the Outer Banks! The Fight for North Carolina’s Coast

In spirit of the burgeoning backlash to the North Carolina legislature’s contentious support for fracking, as presented in my previous article, this piece will review the state’s particular advocacy for “Save the Outer Banks.

A polemic released in July of 2008 spells out with retrospectively astonishing accuracy the threats to North Carolina’s coast; ones that are ever-closer to physical realization. The Outer Banks currently represent one of the last gasps of the quickly diminishing long, undeveloped stretches of coastline on the East Coast. The 300-mile expanse houses a national park, two-thirds of North Carolina’s vulnerable species, and a natural beauty which, in its benefaction of tourism, accounts for a substantial portion of the Outer Banks economy.

They’re under attack. Senate Bill 709 was thankfully recently vetoed by North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue, which would have opened up the coast to the contested offshore drilling. However, she has also displayed a background of “leaning toward offshore drilling for oil and gas”. It seems that the “Tides of Battle” are dicey at best. Much relies on upcoming threat analyses from the Governor’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy. About a year prior, President Barack Obama lifted what was to be a decades-long moratorium on offshore drilling in the East Coast as a consequence of the disastrous BP Oil Spill.

As of now, the fate of the Outer Banks is truly unknown. Environment North Carolina, an environmental non-profit, is heralding the fight for sustainability via a vagrant opposition to fracking. Their website includes a vast collection of relevant literature on the issue. Engineers, landscape architects, and urban planners in North Carolina may all want to familiarize themselves with the nascent struggle.

In the energy scramble we find ourselves in today, with how much caution may we ethically approach our possible solutions?

Have something to say? Do so by contacting North Carolina governor Bev Purdue.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

Evan Comen

Evan Comen is an undergraduate at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in both Economics and Environmental Studies and a minor in Urban Studies and Planning. A philosophical outlook towards education led his career aspirations to the realm of urban planning, which he intends to foster through completion of a master’s program in the topic post-graduation. Through growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attending school in Chapel Hill, Evan has had the fortune of experiencing the unparalleled smart growth of the properly dubbed “Research Triangle”; a region in the Piedmont of North Carolina notorious for its numerously expansive high-tech companies. His blogs principally speak for the area’s burgeoning success. He is also a devoted cinephile, reader, and cyclist.

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