|Title:||Local Activists Block Big Oil's Drilling Plans|
The battle against offshore drilling in North Carolina began in 1988 when a consortium of oil companies led by Mobil applied for permits to sink an exploratory well about 40 miles off Cape Hatteras, site of a national seashore. In response, a dozen local activists formed LegaSea, and incorporated as a nonprofit organization.
|Comments:||It is rare for a group of oil companies to be fought to a standstill. Part of LegaSea's success must be attributed to luck, especially in the timing of the Exxon Valdez accident and their local efforts. LegaSea believes, however, that they (and democracy) won this last time around because they took pains to involve the whole Outer Banks community. Their alliance reached across political, religious, social, and cultural lines and they have not let down their guard. Group members learned other important lessons: how to pace themselves, persistence, determination, and a working style of "just-the-facts," reasonable demeanor and unfailing courtesy which helped portray the group as middle Americans fighting a great injustice. These are good organizing principles for any group. Undesirable consequences include the fact that the group needs to continue its watchfulness indefinitely.
|Location:||North Carolina, US|
|Extent of Action:||Local|
|Outcome||successful for now|
|Source:||Mother Jones, September/October 2001, page 67|
|Prepared By:||sl, 11/01|