A federal plan to drill for oil off the North Carolina coast has been shelved.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Tuesday the Obama administration will not pursue oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic.
“We heard from many corners that now is not the time to start leasing off the Atlantic coast,” said Jewell. “This includes many whose livelihoods depend on shipping, tourism and commercial activity.”
Last year, President Obama proposed opening coastlines from Virginia to Georgia to offshore drilling.