On Wednesday, Sept. 24, I attended a press conference in Buncombe County where most of the elected officials and heads of government offices, schools and safety, along with the Buncombe County Sheriff, discussed the gas shortages. The conclusion was that we needed a committee.
I totally disagree. We do not need to study the problem. Houston: We have a big problem, and we are not prepared for it in any fashion.
The slow-acting power structure in this county and state need some octane booster. I propose the following:
1. Drill for oil and gas off the coast of North Carolina.
2. Create incentives to encourage construction of oil refineries in the Wilmington area.
3. Create a petroleum reserve in Western North Carolina.
These items should be a joint effort of Sens. Burr and Dole and Rep. Shuler, and they should act as a team and ask both McCrory and Perdue to step up to the plate and promote such a plan.
We do not need to worry about politics and credit—just do the job of providing service to the people. I will—as a county commissioner candidate, and more importantly a private citizen—push for and promote such a plan. In a few short days, I have learned that refineries were once considered for the Wilmington area, and they should be located far enough inland not to be a hurricane magnet.
Questions are now being asked about a gas-line spur. The petroleum reserve could be placed atop the dioxin-filled sludge in Canton. Floating foundations would provide the support for the tanks and offer a cushion from earthquakes. This is close to the interstate and would provide storage for Western North Carolina.
In simple terms, we do not want or need a committee to study the problem. We need action to solve the problem.
— Don Yelton