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Ahead of Short Session Budget, Governor Cooper Shares Recommendations to Combat Emerging Contaminants Like GenX

Tuesday, Apr 10, 2018 11:14 AM

Ahead of the release of his short session budget, Governor Roy Cooper today shared his recommendations and requests to better protect the people of North Carolina from the health and safety threats of emerging contaminants like GenX. In total, the Governor’s budget will recommend $14.5 million for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to address the safety and quality of North Carolina’s water and environment.

In Meeting with Secretary Zinke, Gov. Cooper Underscores North Carolina’s Opposition to Offshore Drilling

Saturday, Feb 3, 2018 1:22 PM

In a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke today on offshore drilling and seismic testing, Governor Cooper underscored North Carolina’s opposition to both. Cooper was joined by elected officials and stakeholders from coastal North Carolina who stressed the threats both offshore drilling and seismic testing pose to North Carolina’s coastal economies and tourism industry.

Governor Cooper Urges Secretary Zinke To Hold Public Hearings on Offshore Drilling In Coastal Communities

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 1:41 PM

Governor Roy Cooper urged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to grant a 60-day extension on public comments on offshore drilling and seismic testing off of North Carolina’s coast. In the letter to Sec. Zinke, Governor Cooper also urged the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to hold additional public hearings on the North Carolina coast in Kill Devil Hills, Morehead City, and Wilmington. Currently, the only public feedback session is set to take place in Raleigh as an “open house.”

Governor Cooper Joins Governors in Letter Opposing Offshore Drilling

Friday, Jan 19, 2018 4:12 PM

Governor Roy Cooper joined six other Atlantic Coast governors this week in sending a letter to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke to express opposition to the Trump Administration’s plan to open the Atlantic Coast to offshore drilling and request exemptions for the seven states similar to the one granted to Florida.

Governor Cooper Urges Trump Administration to Exempt NC from Offshore Drilling Plan

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 4:39 PM

Following an announcement late yesterday that the Trump Administration will exempt Florida from its plan to open Atlantic and Pacific coastal waters to offshore drilling, Governor Cooper today urged Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke to grant an exemption for North Carolina. Gov. Cooper requested a meeting with the Secretary to explain the critical threat drilling and seismic testing pose to North Carolina’s coastal communities, economy and environment. The state is also exploring legal options to prevent offshore drilling.

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