Michael Regan, N.C. secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality

Michael Regan, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, will be in the Hyde County Government Center Tuesday (Feb. 20) from 2 to 4 p.m. to receive public comments on off-shore oil drilling and seismic testing.

This session will be broadcast via teleconferencing in the Ocracoke Community Center where each speaker will have three minutes to comment, either on Ocracoke or the mainland.

However, those who can’t attend on Tuesday will have a second chance to make their views heard.

Kris Noble, assistant Hyde County manager, said public comments also will be heard at 5 p.m. Monday, March 5, at a public hearing before the regularly scheduled Hyde County Board of Commissioners meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

“That way, we can have all of our comments and send them to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,” Noble said.

All public comments on offshore drilling are due to the BOEM by March 9, Noble said.

For more information, contact Tom Pahl, Ocracoke’s county commissioner, at 860-933-0259.

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