According to U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) today, President Donald Trump will add North Carolina to a list of southeastern states whose coastal waters won’t be subjected to offshore drilling for the next decade.

Trump, earlier this month, signed a memorandum instructing U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to prohibit drilling in the waters off both Florida coasts, and off the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina for 10 years, from July 2022 through June of 2032.  North Carolina was not on the list.

In a short video released by his Senate office, Tillis said he spoke to Trump on Monday morning and asked him to “extend the offshore drilling moratorium to North Carolina.  I’m pleased to announce that the president will be doing just that.”  The Trump administration didn’t immediately announce such a move on Monday.

Tillis was state House speaker in the early 2010’s, when the legislature approved the framework to allow oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic coast and to collect tars from the energy products.  But that production hasn’t occurred due to delays from Washington as ell as an oversupply of natural gas.

Tillis said in Monday’s video that “or coastal communities and our tourism are vital to our state’s economy, and I’m thankful to President Trump.”

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