Demonstrating the increasing attention that is being paid by certain East Coast states to offshore energy resources, the Advisory Subcommittee on Offshore Energy Exploration, a legislative research body whose members were appointed by the leadership in the North Carolina General Assembly, will hold a public hearing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington on July 28, 2009. The members of the subcommittee will consider the potential impacts on North Carolina of oil and gas exploration and production proposed for federal waters offshore North Carolina, as well as energy generated from wind, waves, ocean currents, the sun and hydrogen production. The Lumina News (Wrightsville Beach, NC) provides further details.