Group concerned over sea level data used in development take issue to state House
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WILMINGTON – Some coastal North Carolinians plan to be in the Capital City on Tuesday to try to turn the tide in the General Assembly.
The group is upset about a bill that has already passed through the Senate that would force state agencies to use historical sea-level rise data rather than accelerated predictions when making development decisions.
People who support the bill say it's in the area's best economic interest but critics argue it prevents safe development by ignoring sound science.
“If the real estate developers are able to go forth and push such things, we're going to see a number of really quick projects come out that seek to make a lot of profit by selling off homes, but that are ultimately structurally unsound because we did not adjust our coastline, because we overextended beyond where the tide was set to come up,” said Ryan Thomson, 350.org organizer.
Bill opponents plan to present a petition to the General Assembly with more than 3,000 signatures to the sponsor and House Speaker Thom Tillis.
The bill has not yet passed in the House. It's now in a conference committee.