Governor’s Scientific Panel on Offshore Energy

Governor Bev Perdue created the Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy in September 2009 by Executive Order No. 23 creating the Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy in response, in part, to a proposed five-year federal oil and gas leasing program for the sale of leases off the Atlantic coast. Gov. Perdue said the panel was created to "ensure that I have the best minds in our state evaluating all of our offshore energy options and working with me to develop a comprehensive offshore energy strategy."

As part of that mission, the panel sought direct input and comment from the public in the eastern coastal part of North Carolina most directly affected by the development of any offshore energy resource. The panel held three public outreach meetings to evaluate offshore energy options and recommended to the governor a comprehensive offshore energy strategy. The three public meetings enabled members of the panel to hear, first-hand, from the residents, businesses and community leaders in coastal areas about their views and concerns in connection with offshore energy. The public meeting schedule was:

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 (Wilmington) -- Hilton Wilmington Riverside; 301 North Water St., Wilmington, N.C. 28401 -- Listen to the audio
  • 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011 (Morehead City) -- UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, 3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City -- Listen the audio
  • 4 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011 (Manteo) -- Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo -- Listen to the audio

Members of the panel:

  • Willis Whichard, former N.C. Supreme Court Justice (Chairman)
  • Doug Rader, Chief Oceans Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Bill Holman, former N.C. Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, Duke University Nicholas Institute on the Environment
  • Jim Leutze, former UNC-Wilmington chancellor
  • Orlando Hankins, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Augustine’s College
  • Ken Arnold, oil and natural gas consultant
  • Margery Overton, N.C. State University coastal engineer
  • Stan Riggs, East Carolina University Professor of Geology
  • Gary Perry, town of Kitty Hawk Mayor Pro Tem
  • Pete Peterson, UNC-Chapel Hill Marine Sciences Institute in Morehead City
  • Carl Wilkins, Director for Renewables and Energy Efficiency, Quanta Technology
  • Dave Owens, UNC School of Government and formerly with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management
  • Dean Painter, President, Raven Capital
  • Anne Coan, N.C. Farm Bureau Director of Environmental Affairs
  • Larry Baldwin, founder of the Land Management Group

02-08-2012 -- NEWS RELEASE: Gov. Perdue Releases Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy Report

Panel's Final Report to Gov. Bev Perdue

Scientific Panel Meeting Agendas

Presentations to the Scientific Panel

Background on North Carolina Offshore Energy

North Carolina Legislative Advisory Subcommittee on Offshore Energy Exploration

Review of Existing Statutes on Offshore Energy Exploration (Nov. 2010)

Public Opinion Poll on Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Exploration (Aug. 2010)

Energy Connections Television Show, June 2010 -- There are a variety of offshore energy production methods that could be viable for North Carolina. Bob Leker, Renewable Energy Program Manager for the N.C. Energy Office; Dr. Doug Rader, Co-Chair of the Legislative Advisory Subcommittee on Offshore Energy Exploration; and Doug Hoell, Director of the N.C. Division of Emergency Management in the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety discuss offshore energy options, the pros and cons of each, and a look at our state’s oil spill emergency response preparation.

National Wildlife Federation: Offshore Wind in the Atlantic, Growing Momentum for Jobs, Energy Independence, Clean Air, and Wildlife Protection (Dec. 2010)

Coastal Wind: Energy for North Carolina’s Future (June 2009)

Energy and the Environment – A Coastal Perspective (BROKEN LINK)

North Carolina Division of Coastal Management Presentation on Energy Exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf (April 2009)

Southeast Energy Alliance Report: "Potential Job Creation, Economic Benefits and Revenue Sharing from Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production in North Carolina" (July 2009)

Report of the Ocean Policy Steering Committee: Developing a Management Strategy for North Carolina’s Coastal Ocean (April 2009)

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