SECTION .0400 - coastal energy policies

 

15A NCAC 07M .0401     DECLARATION OF GENERAL POLICY

(a)  It is hereby declared that the general welfare and public interest require that reliable sources of energy be made available to the citizens of North Carolina.  It is further declared that the development of energy facilities and energy resources within the state and in offshore waters can serve important regional and national interests.  However, unwise development of energy facilities or energy resources can conflict with the recognized and equally important public interest that rests in conserving and protecting the valuable land and water resources of the state and nation, particularly coastal lands and waters.  Therefore, in order to balance the public benefits of necessary energy development with the need to:

(1)           protect valuable coastal resources; and

(2)           preserve access to and utilization of public trust resources, the planning of future uses affecting both land and public trust resources,

the exercise of regulatory authority, and determinations of consistency with the North Carolina Coastal Management Program shall assure that the development of energy facilities and energy resources shall avoid significant adverse impact upon vital coastal resources or uses, public trust areas and public access rights.

(b)  Exploration for the development of offshore and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) energy resources has the potential to affect coastal resources.  The Federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, requires that leasing actions of the federal government be consistent to the maximum extent practicable with the enforceable policies of the federally approved North Carolina Coastal Management Program, and that exploration, development and production activities associated with such leases comply with those enforceable policies.  Enforceable policies applicable to OCS activities include all the provisions of this Subchapter as well as any other applicable federally approved components of the North Carolina Coastal Management Program.  All permit applications, plans and assessments related to exploration or development of OCS resources and other relevant energy facilities shall contain sufficient information to allow analysis of the consistency of all proposed activities with these Rules.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113A-102(b); 113A-107; 113A-124;

Eff. March 1, 1979;

Amended Eff. November 3, 1997 pursuant to E.O. 121, James B. Hunt Jr., 1997;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 8, 1999; December 22, 1998;

Amended Eff. February 1, 2011; August 1, 2000.