Gov. Pat McCrory said he plans to go Washington next week to meet with the governors of Virginia and South Carolina to discuss forming an Outer Continental Shelf coalition to discuss off shore drilling for oil and gas.
McCrory said he plans to meet with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and South Carolina Nikki Haley to discuss such issues as revenue sharing agreements with the federal government for future drilling rights.
“North Carolina has to get into the energy business,” McCrory told the Emerging Issues Forum in downtown Raleigh on Tuesday. “We are going to do it safely. We are going to get into it in an environmentally sound way.''
“We can either sit on the sidelines like the governors of the past 10 years or take proactive measures and get North Carolina in the energy business,” he said.