Gov. Pat McCrory continues to emphasize his desire to drill for oil and gas off the North Carolina coast.
Earlier this month, he joined the governors of Virginia and South Carolina in petitioning the Obama administration to partner on offshore energy exploration. On Friday, his office announced he joined the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, a group that advocates for drilling.
“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," McCrory said in a statement released by his office.
The coalition was formed in 2011. It is led by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, who welcomed McCrory to the group, which includes Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.
“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," Parnell said in the statement.