Gov. Pat McCrory is visiting an offshore energy trade conference in Texas to try to help build momentum for drilling off the coast of North Carolina and other states.
McCrory says he'll participate Monday in a panel discussion with other governors at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
McCrory recently joined a coalition of governors in Outer-Continental Shelf states that want President Barack Obama's administration to open more coastal waters to natural gas and oil exploration.
The Republican governor gave the GOP's weekly radio address over the weekend. He says he asked the president in February to expand offshore leasing. He asked him during a visit to Washington with other governors.
McCrory says the energy industry could create thousands of jobs and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil and generate state revenues.