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July 28, 2008 12:19 AM

Contemplating the impact on N. Carolina of offshore drilling

Although current legislation would keep any offshore drilling at least 50 miles from North Carolina's coast, there would be massive impact on what remains one of the East Coast's longest and most undeveloped coastlines. Pipelines would come bumping across the barrier islands, and oil or natural gas processing plants would be built on shore, possibly in the bustling industrial center of Norfolk, Va., but possibly near North Carolina port towns such as Wilmington or Morehead City.

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