Today, Governor Pat McCrory announced that he has joined the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition.
"I am pleased to be a member of the OCS Governors Coalition," said Governor McCrory. "Pursuing responsible exploration and development of our offshore resources will help us reach our shared goal of greater energy independence and will create thousands of jobs."
Since its formation in 2011, the coalition of coastal governors has advocated for safe energy expansion through responsible resource development, supporting proactive offshore energy production as part of a comprehensive national energy policy. The coalition provides a discussion and policy platform for offshore energy issues shared by the coastal states and the federal government.
"As chair of this coalition of coastal governors, I heartily welcome Governor McCrory and the Tar Heel State," said Governor Sean Parnell, governor of Alaska and chairman of the coalition. "As Congress and the Obama administration focus on energy policy, Governor McCrory's knowledge of and perspective on offshore energy exploration and production in the Atlantic adds an important voice to the discussion."
The coalition is formed by governors from Alaska, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and now North Carolina. Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia joined Governor McCrory last week in sending a letter supporting offshore drilling to President Obama's new Interior Secretary designate, Sally Jewell.