Commissioners Say NO to Offshore Drilling or Seismic Testing

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Updates from the Board of Commissioners  

May 23, 2018 

On Wednesday, May 23 Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard joined representatives from The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for a teleconference to discuss the threat that expanded offshore drilling poses to the National Park System and coastal economies.

The discussion was prompted by the release of a report that focuses on the benefits that 68 coastal national parks contribute to state and local economies. The full report can be accessed at

During his remarks, Chairman Woodard spoke about the strong economic impact that the three local National Parks - Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and the Wright Brothers National Memorial - have on Dare County's tourism economy. In 2017, it is estimated that these three parks accounted for over 3 million visitors, $191 million in spending, and 2,800 jobs.   

March 8, 2018 

Chairman Bob Woodard and County Manager Bobby Outten traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Federal officials to share the County's concerns with the offshore drilling proposal . According to Chairman Woodard, everyone was fully engaged and listening intently. Chairman Woodard will travel to Washington, DC again next week for additional discussion and opportunities to express the Board's opposition.

BELOW: Meeting with the Department of Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) included  Walter Cruikshank, Acting Director of BOEM, William Yancey Brown, Chief Environmental Officer, and James Schindler, Assistant to Secretary Zinke. Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon also attended the meeting.


February 26, 2018

Chairman Bob Woodard, Vice Chairman Wally Overman, Commissioner Rob Ross and County Manager Bobby Outten traveled to Raleigh on Monday, February 26 to attend the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's public meeting for the proposed oil and gas leasing plan. While in Raleigh, Chairman Woodard spoke to a group of attendees, passionately expressing the Board's concerns. Click here to view a video of Chairman Woodard's remarks. This video was posted by a local citizen who was in attendance. 



February  20, 2018 

On Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, a group of local officials were invited to Raleigh by Governor Roy Cooper to meet with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to register concerns about offshore drilling.  Chairman Bob Woodard of the Dare County Board of Commissioners talked with Dare County Public Information Officer Dorothy Hester about the meeting. 



February 6, 2018 

At their meeting on February 5, the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution reflecting the Board’s long-standing opposition to offshore drilling and seismic testing off North Carolina’s coast. This is the fifth resolution passed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners since 1998 because of the potential damage that could occur to our environment and tourism economy. Click here to view the resolution. 

Click on the video below to hear Chairman Bob Woodard share important information about the issue.