Press Releases

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.

Gov. Cooper Shares Statement on White House Offshore Drilling Announcement

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 3:07 PM

Today, Governor Cooper shared the following statement on the White House’s announcement on offshore drilling:
“Offshore drilling represents a critical threat to our coastal economy. Protecting North Carolina families and businesses is my top priority, and we will pursue every option to prevent oil drilling near North Carolina’s beaches, coastal communities, and fishing waters.”


North Carolina Joins 14 States in Bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 1:12 PM

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina will join 14 other states in the U.S. Climate Alliance, which is the bipartisan coalition launched in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The bipartisan group of states is committed to reducing their share of the U.S. greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in the Paris Agreement. 

Memo: Water Quality State Action Items

Monday, Jul 24, 2017 5:15 PM

In June, Governor Cooper directed the state Department of Environmental Quality along with the state Department of Health and Human Services to launch an investigation into Chemours’ discharge of the compound known as GenX. Governor Cooper and his administration were successful in getting Chemours’ to stop the release of GenX. Since then, the level of GenX in the water has been trending downward and tests are ongoing to ensure the levels continue to move in that direction.  

Governor Cooper Urges EPA to Set Limits for Emerging Contaminant GenX

Monday, Jul 17, 2017 1:30 PM

Federal officials must set limits for GenX and other emerging contaminants so that North Carolina can permanently control its discharge and ensure the safety of its drinking water, Governor Roy Cooper today told the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.

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