Special Reports

  • Benefits Based on Assumptions

    Politicians say states’ investments needed to support offshore oil and gas development warrant revenue sharing but laws must be changed for that to happen.

  • Drilling Pros: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    Proponents of offshore drilling predict that a massive new workforce could be on North Carolina’s horizon if oil and gas resources are tapped in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Top Jobs in the Oil Industry

    Jobs in oil and gas production can be highly technical, complex, demanding and, in many cases, come with high-paying salaries.

  • Oil: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Oil and natural gas come from ancient organisms – tiny plants, algae and bacteria mainly – that were powered by the sun during various stages of Earth’s geologic history.

  • What’s Out There?

    The federal government estimates the amount of recoverable oil in the Atlantic at about 4.7 billion barrels. Natural gas stands at 37.5 trillion cubic feet – but nobody knows.

  • Seismic Tests Not Imminent

    The Atlantic is considered a “frontier” for offshore energy exploration as it hasn’t been a target of oil companies since the early 1980s.

  • Energy Lobby Behind McCrory’s Oil Crusade

    An 18-month investigation by Facing South finds that the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, chaired by Gov. Pat McCrory, is largely run by two groups tied to the oil and gas industry.

  • An Offshore Timeline

    In general, it can can take anywhere from seven to 10 years from purchase of the lease to the first production for an offshore well in areas that have existing infrastructure.