On Saturday, your blogger posted an update from NC Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), calling on Governor Beverly Perdue to consider drilling off the North Carolina coast for oil and gas. This letter provides more information than did the previous post:
Your comments on oil/gas exploration are appreciated. I have worked with this industry for many years. A few additional points:
1. Modern extraction of oil & gas is done mostly from the sea floor. One platform can cover an entire reservoir that would have required a dozen in years past.
2. Spills of oil are found mostly in history books. "Spills" of gas go harmlessly into the atmosphere. Most of what is now known off our coasts is gas, not oil.
3. The oil & gas industry brings many, many high-paying jobs, and not only for those working on the rigs: R&D (including funding of university research), engineering, major equipment sales/fabrication/maintenance, specialty ship-building, refineries,aviation (helicopters), etc. One only needs to visit Sugarland (oil company office complex near Houston) or Calgary to see the immense wealth the industry has generated.
Editor's Note: Kent Misegades is an activist and expert in many areas, including education. He is chairman of Thales Academy, a low-cost private school in Apex.