The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is allowing offshore energy exploration to take place along the East Coast, using controversial seismic air guns to find gas and oil deposits. A feature about the surveys and the safeguards in place to mitigate impacts to marine life.
North Carolina residents now have the opportunity to affect fracking policy. The state Mining and Energy Commission is accepting comments and suggestions regarding their proposed regulations. Lee Jenkins has more.
INTRO – If you like your country or acoustic music slick and highly produced, don’t buy the following CD by Raleigh’s Lynda Dawson and Greenville’s Pattie Hopkins. One guitar, one fiddle, two voices … that’s it … and the CD’s title tells you everything you need to know about the music inside. George Olsen talked with Lynda & Pattie and has this.
North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission will accept public comments on its proposed oil and gas development regulations. Lee Jenkins reports.
The regulations were drafted in response to the Energy Modernization Act, which legalized fracking. The Commission is currently allowing citizens to offer suggestions and feedback to the proposed rules via written and oral comments. While the commission will examine all comments, it will more heavily consider suggestions with a strong factual basis. Commissioner Jim Womack:
The City of Washington will soon resurvey its Historic District using grant money from the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Fund. The grant amounts to 11,000 dollars, and the District is one of the largest of its kind in the state. According to Washington’s Community Development Planner Jennifer Brenan, the survey may take up to a year to complete.
The Coastal Plain Baseball League is holding its All-Star game tonight, and Governor Pat McCrory plans to attend. Lee Jenkins Reports.
The game starts at seven in Big Rock Stadium. The top players from all of the league’s teams will be participating. Morehead City city manager David Whitlow states that, while he’s unsure as to why Governor McCrory’s attending, he’s certainly glad to have him at the game.
The Down East Journal has a new theme song composed by ECU grad Joshua Tomlinson. He recently finished up his masters degree in music theory and composition. Now he's enjoying his summer break and preparing to start a doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma. We caught up with Tomlinson this week to tell him the good news.
Thank you to all of the student composers who submitted ideas for the contest:
Public Radio East is a media sponsor for the Pamlico Opry summer series. It starts this weekend at the Turnage Theater and is sponsored by the Beaufort County Arts Council and the Beaufort County Traditional Music Association. Kicking off the series is Raleigh based bluegrass/americana band "The Outliers" this Saturday at 8pm. Mac McKee speaks with band member Julie Brown about her beginnings in music and her career with The Outliers.
Bath is celebrating its pirate heritage this weekend with its “There Be Pirates in the Port” event, featuring a historical re-enactment of the report of Blackbeard’s death and two lectures examining the life of Blackbeard and other pirates.
Hyde County experienced minor flooding, storm surge, and widespread property debris on the north end of Ocracoke Island. The high winds knocked down 30 power poles on Ocracoke. Electricity was restored around 10 pm Saturday. Emergency Services Director Justin Gibbs says the major impact came from wind damage. “they’re working on obtaining some additional resources to assist with debris cleanup. I think they’re looking at getting an additional chipper and an additional dump truck to go over to Ocracoke to try to expedite the process.” Gibbs says it will be at least another wee
A program that saved the red wolf from extinction could come to an end. This week, we talk to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official about the experimental Red Wolf Recovery Program and the review that will determine its effectiveness.
The largest solar farm east of the Mississippi will break ground soon in northeastern North Carolina. We explore the Capital Partners Solar Project, which will provide power to universities in Washington DC.
Grants are being awarded to two businesses in the East to help spur economic growth and help the environment. Before June 30th, the Recycling Business Assistance Center will award $800,000 in matching grants to 32 companies throughout the state. According to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the grants will help generate more than 80 jobs and $1.6 million dollars in new business investments. Companies that receive grant money must match at least 50 percent of their award. New East Recycling and Container Service in
Public input is being sought as the National Park Service develops guidelines for off road vehicle use at Cape Lookout. The off road vehicle management plan seeks to evaluate whether or not to allow off road vehicles. Three statewide public meetings have already taken place and the comment period for the draft Off Road Vehicle Plan remains open through Monday, July 21st. Cape Lookout National Seashore Park Superintendent Pat Kenney says off road vehicle use must be regulated to minimize impact to coastal wildlife and habitat, and visitors to the park.