Off shore drilling task force

The Dome is reporting the creation of a task force to look at the ups and downs of offshore drilling.  Basnight and Hackney appointed the members, which suits me just fine. Basnight has self-interest in getting this done right, and Hackney ... well, I just trust the guy. 

Here are the appointees.

Appointed by Basnight:

James Leutze, co-chair
Orlando Hankins
Jane Louis-Raymond
Christopher Martens   
Mac Montgomery  
Mike Orbach 
Walter Phillips
Wayland Sermons
Laura Taylor        
Paul Tine      
Bill Weatherspoon       
Nancy White  

Appointed by Hackney:

Douglas N. Rader, Co-Chair    
Lawrence Cahoon       
Joel J. Ducoste
Edward S. Holmes      
Jamie Brown Kruse     
John M. Monaghan, Jr. 
Hans W. Paerl 
Jane Smith Patterson  
M. Paul Sherman       
W. Hugh Thompson      
Jeffrey D. Warren     
Rob Young 

The only person I know enough to talk to is Doug Rader. He's a scientist, with a long record of stewardship in the environmental arena.  With him as one of the co-chairs, I am hopeful we can have confidence in the outcome of this task force's work, no matter what that outcome is.  Leutze seems to be a pretty solid citizen, too.


Interesting list

Able to find most on list appointed by Basnight.


Orlando Hankins – Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity Programs - Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering – NC State


Jane Louis-Raymond – Legal Affairs – Piedmond Natural Gas  scroll down mid-page


Christopher Martens - W. B. Aycock Professor of Marine Sciences - Department of Marine Sciences – UNC CH

Mac Montgomery – This one is a puzzle.  He’s the mayor of Kure Beach  There was a blurb about him in an article about Kure Beach receiving money for beach renourishment and another blurb in an article on wolves where he supports wildlife by only buying from ranchers who are wolf friendly….


Mike Orbach - Professor of the Practice of Marine Affairs and Policy  - Marine Science & Conservation - Environmental Sciences & Policy

Walter Phillips – Another name with little info.  The only thing I found was that a Walter Phillips works(ed) for Southpeak Interactive which is a multimedia entertainment firm.

Waylond Sermons – Possibly an attorney in Washington, NC

Laura Taylor – Prof. Of Ag & Resource Economics – NC State 

Paul Tine – Another interesting choice.  All I’ve found on him is this lte he wrote about Dune Restoration  and this section (page 3 item 4) of the Dare County Commissioners meeting minutes.  Here he represents the “Create The Future Committee” but I find no web presence by them.

Bill Weatherspoon – A person of the same name was the Executive Director of the NC Petroleum Council in 2000 and in this article was an apologist for Big Oil.


Nancy White -  Director, UNC Coastal Studies Institute - Associate Professor, Department of Biology, ECU


Where do we go from here?  Do we contact any in this group and have a live blog with them? 

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I "fixed" it

Not exactly what you thought you posted but more like it than before.

I was just fixing it too

looks good to me....thanks Greg

Hope the commission

looks at where refinery apparatus will have to go for the oil we may find. Seems to me that it is not the offshore rigs that destroy a coastline's ecosystem, it's the refinery apparatus and delivery pipeline systems that are damaged during storms that cause 90% of the desecration and render habitats effectively DEAD.

Hope all the folks who've built lovely sound and riverside homes around Oriental and Havelock and Manteo and New Bern over the past decade are aware that their beautiful waterfront places won't be so beautiful when the oil companies begin to build out the industrial systems necessary for oil refining.

Also hope the commission pays attention to what will happen WHEN sea levels rise and how that will affect the vulnerability of coastal oil production facilities.

Frankly, a massive buildout of wind turbines along the coast seems more clean, more palatable and  more sustainable to me, but what do I know? I'm not an petroleum industry expert (with millions to spend on jobs and contributions) so we can just dismiss my opinion right out of hand.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


This is a beautiful sight in my opinion. I'd happily have wind facilities like this one in Copenhagen all along the Carolina coast. 

me too.

Especially since they would be offshore and barely noticeable. However, I would also love to see this.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Very cool. I hadn't seen that

Some oil apologists thing the progressives aren't in favor of off-shore drilling because it's "ugly" ... a blight on the viewscape.  Most plans I've seen suggest any facilities would be so far off shore that they couldn't be seen.

I don't care one way or the other about seeing facilities.  I care about their potential impact on the environment and on climate change.  I'd LOVE to see windmills because they would remind people what's at stake. 

The other big "cost" of oil and gas are the shipping, refinery and processing facilities that are required.  It's like asking for a friggin' coal mine to be built on the beach.

But speaking of ugly ... maybe we can find a way to clean up this hideous intrusion of infrastructure all across our nation.

Once you start noticing the blight of above-ground powerlines, it really sucks.

Let's learn from past experiments...

If someone wants to see the affects of Windmill power on both the environment/fauna they only need to go to the Altamont Pass in Northern California.  First, there are HUGE questions about the viability of the "power" that is generated with regard to windmills and second, there are real questions with regard to how birds are impacted because of the huge windmills.  there's more to the issue than is presented by proponents.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Nice to see you worried about the birds!

Those HUGE questions don't seem to be stopping the rest of the world from embracing wind as part of the energy mix. The wind farm shown above from Copenhagen has been operating more than a decade.  Based on it's success, Denmark is expecting to have HALF of its electricity needs met by wind within 20 years. 

The bird strike issues are real ... but small.  The subject has been researched to death, so to speak, and seems to not be a major issue. Bats are more likely to affected, but offshore facilities don't appear to have that particular issue.

You can read about the Danish experiment here(PDF)

And what of the "research" from the windmills in America?

Just askin.....Are we doing something wrong/different?

Not being an antagonist here...but I do have some direct experience/input from those windmills and how the community there feels about them and what the information has been there.


The best thinking is independent thinking.

Oh...offshore !!

Now, THAT is another issue altogether.  I just absolutely LOVE that.  And, wind is prevelant.  Just wonder about the actual viability of this energy source.  Seen so many negative reports that seem to negate the more positive positions on it.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Smitty, the Altamont array

was part of a learning process, and it's also the main source for skewing bird-kill statistics. If you use a sort of Calaway system (golf reference), by removing the Altamont bird-kill figures as well as the reverse (very low kills), what you end up with is a very low average annual bird fatality for all wind farms. Altamont showed us we must take a closer look at avian migratory patterns before we decide where to site wind farms. In that respect, the high fatality rate there probably has resulted in more safety for birds than lower fatality numbers would have.

Thanks, Scharrison

I'm not "rabid" on this bird issue, but I do hate it that any animal/foul etc. is affected by humans...and yeah, I'm an advocate of drilling for oil in Alaska and pipelines...which I believe we've made better for the environment there with what we've done than is presented.  I see "exceptions" presented that don't prove the "rule" in that endeavor, in my opinion.

I like the offshore windmill thing.  Plenty of wind, few birds to be affected.  Of course, the logistics of getting the power generated back on shore just HAS to be an issue....with expense, mostly.

The best thinking is independent thinking.

Good Sign

I think the amount of scientists and local officials is a good sign.  It could have been a lot worse.

"Keep the Faith"

Part 2 - Hackney's Appointees

Lawrence Cahoon  - biological oceanographer and limnologist unc-w     


        Joel J. Ducoste - 
Associate Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

    Edward S. Holmes – Attorney in Pittsboro, NC. Which is in Hackney’s district but don’t find much else about him


    Jamie Brown Kruse  - director of the Center for Natural Hazards Research


John M. Monaghan, Jr. – Community Relations Manager – NC East Region – Piedmont Natural Gas Company.  He’s been involved in the permitting process and laying of natural gas lines in river basins. 


Hans W. Paerl - 
Institute of Marine Sciences – UNC CH


Jane Smith Patterson  - 
Executive Director, North Carolina Rural Internet Access Authority; Chair, North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance; Senior Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina for Science and Technology; Former Vice President, ITT Corp.

M. Paul Sherman  - absolutely no web presence


W. Hugh Thompson   - Business Lawyer, Raleigh, NC


Jeffrey D. Warren  -  Coastal Hazards Specialist – NC Division of Coastal Management


Rob Young -
Professor of Industrial & Systems Engg (but can’t find any web presence)

Truth to tell, I am impressed with the diversity

of people picked and the areas of their focus.  I wonder if they are just looking at the impact of offshore drilling because some of these professional's are interested in fresh water and the desalination of salt water.  Pretty interesting group.