Fracking coming to NC's mountain region

And no, the Precambrian Rift is not a new dance style:

State environmental officials plan to test for the presence of significant natural gas deposits in seven Western North Carolina counties, a development that alarms environmentalists over the possibility of fracking in the mountains.

The N.C. General Assembly mandated the testing and allocated $550,000 over two years for the project statewide. The mountain counties where the samples will be collected are Clay, Cherokee, Macon, Graham, Swain, Jackson and Haywood.

If they decide to frack there, the drill rigs will be deployed in the valleys (low points), which is also where streams are born and form headwaters that flow into larger bodies. Not that Republicans in the General Assembly care about such things, but it needed to be said.

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Ah yes, Haywood county

Maybe they'll frack in Virginia Foxx's front yard in Maggie Valley.

Heh. Did you see this?

ExxonMobil CEO files suit to keep fracking away from his property:

No matter what part of the debate you land on, it's pretty clear that nobody wants to actually be the one who lives near the site of this type of exploration.

How do we know this? Because one of the opponents of a fracking project in Denton County is Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil—a company that proudly touts fracking as an essential part of American energy development. As WFAA.com reports:

Rex Tillerson has joined a lawsuit to stop construction of a water tower near his estate on Dove Creek Road. That water would be used in fracking, a process to drill oil and gas.

Tillerson even appeared at a Bartonville Town Council meeting to speak against it last November, saying that he and his wife moved to the area for its rural lifestyle. Tillerson told the Council that he had invested millions of dollars into their property to turn it into a cutting horse facility.

I'd love it if one of North Carolina's high-profile Republicans had to deal with this personally.

Virginia Foxx...

...has a house in Maggie Valley?

Really?

I thought she lives in Boone.

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Not necessarily WNC related.....

.....I'm wondering if the proposed NC fracking regulations will override established NC Home Owners Association Covenants....?

Good question

I've seen a lot of language directed against municipalities, but I don't recall seeing anything about HOA's.

Here is the wording

"It is the intent of the General Assembly to maintain a uniform system for the management of oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities, and the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for that purpose, and to place limitations upon the exercise by all units of local government in North Carolina of the power to regulate the management of oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities by means of special, local, or private acts or resolutions, ordinances, property restrictions, zoning regulations, or otherwise."

Section 14 § 113-415.1.

Looks like they just nullified all HOA Covenants in NC.

Lots of folks pay good money to live in HOAs for the protection they give against issues such as this.....

Not sure

It's a badly written statute and it's not clear that it restricts HOA covenants. It refers to "all units of local government," which does not include HOAs.

Maybe we could create an HOA for all property owners in the entire state with the sole purpose of limiting fracking!

No, I don't think they can

The statute goes on to say that any limitation established by any local government (say, via zoning or taxation) that effectively seeks to prevent fracking is invalid. As I read the statute, local government has very little authority to do anything, other than certain zoning ordinances. Anything that is interpreted to prevent fracking ain't allowed.

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This doesn't cover HOAs?

"by means of special, local, or private acts or resolutions, ordinances, property restrictions, zoning regulations, or otherwise."

(bolding mine)

Not sure how to read it

I see it as "private acts" of local governments ... which of course makes almost no sense unless there is a thing called "private acts" that local governments do.

Like a said, screwed up language designed for them to interpret anyway they want. I'm waiting for SELC to challenge the whole freakin' law.

There's one way to find out

Find a homeowner's association somewhere that will pass a resolution banning fracking within the neighborhood, and then publicize the crap out of it.

Mine will

I'll bring it up, just for the hell of it.

That would be awesome

Chapel Hill is not really that far from where the land men are sniffing around. But regardless of whether the neighborhood is really in jeopardy of being fracked or not, it's the language of the resolution (or whatever) that would be important. Set an example for others to follow, as it were.

I don't see why ...

... everyone is so upset. Why wouldn't homeowners in the mountains of NC want a kitchen sink that doubles as a gas range and a garden hose they can use as a flamethrower?

Benefits!

And you can also use your well water as a solvent! Think how convenient furniture refinishing could become!

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis