McCrory criticizes move to ban drilling off Atlantic coast

File - In this July 30, 2015 file photo, the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica heads up the Willamette River under protesters hanging from the St. Johns Bridge on its way to Alaska in Portland, Ore. Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work. The announcement that came on Monday, Sept. 28, was a huge blow to Shell, which was counting on offshore drilling in Alaska to help it drive future revenue. Environmentalists, however, had tried repeatedly to block the project and welcomed the news. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has criticized the decision by the Obama administration to bar oil drilling off the Atlantic coast, a move he says will have consequences for the state.

In a statement released from his office Tuesday, McCrory said President Obama’s move is a political favor to far-left activists who have no problem importing energy resources from countries hostile to the U.S.

McCrory said the decision could ultimately cost North Carolina thousands of new jobs and the needed revenue for schools, infrastructure, dredging and beach renourishment.

McCrory is chairman of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition.

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