Mining & Energy Commission to NC citizens: frack you!

In case there was ever any doubt, the NC Mining & Energy Commission has made it abundantly clear that it is nothing but a tool of the dirty-energy fracking industry.

The commission tasked with writing North Carolina’s fracking safety rules is not going to revise any of its proposed rules even though a staff recommendation this week from the N.C. Rules Review Commission said three of the rules require public comment before they can be approved.

Instead, the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission agreed Friday that it will argue that the Rules Review Commission should adopt all 124 proposed fracking rules.

The Mining and Energy Commission is trying to meet a deadline, set by state law, to submit proposed fracking rules to the legislature by Jan. 1. Any rules held up during an upcoming Dec. 17-18 Rules Review Commission hearing will not meet the deadline, even though the vast majority of the proposed rules are expected to sail through.

But the few rules that could be delayed are pivotal to the legislature lifting the state’s fracking moratorium next year. A delay would add four to five months for revisions, public comment and regulatory reviews.

Yes, you read that right. After:

  • promising to create the strictest fracking rules in the nation;
  • but then creating some pretty lax and sloppy rules, largely acquiescing to what the frackers wanted;
  • then receiving thousands of public comments on those rules;
  • ignoring every single fracking one of the public comments; and then
  • being told by staff, including an attorney, that 3 of those rules require more public comment;

the MEC ignored staff legal advice and will ram through all of their lax, sloppy, industry sellout rules.

Because if they didn't, we might have to wait a few more months for fracking to begin to destroy our state's environment. Yes, because of a stupid artificial deadline, the MEC has abandoned all pretense of being anything other than a tool of the dirty-energy fracking industry.

It's blatantly obvious to everyone that this entire fracking farce is all about putting lots of money in a very few people's pockets, and the ones who will have their pockets lined fully control legislators and the MEC. Seriously, how do these people sleep at night?

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Womack's ridiuculous rationalization

When it becomes so blatantly obvious that the MEC is nothing more than a tool of the dirty-energy fracking industry, the excuses and rationalizations become hilariously absurd:

The Rules Review Commission is not bound by the recommendation of its staff, and the Mining and Energy Commission will argue that the change from 60 to 180 days is not substantial. The fracking panel’s lawyer will also argue that two other rules changes should be approved even though the rules commission’s staff lawyer said they were substantial changes.

“You can make a logical argument that’s not a substantive change,” [MEC Commission member James] Womack said during a commission meeting about one of the rules. “It’s significant – not substantive.”

Got it, Mr. Womack. I can also make a logical argument that your ridiculous semantic hair splitting is disingenuous, dishonest and designed solely to ram through bad rules so that you can crow that you met your deadline.

Oh, and even a third-grader can see through your attempted smoke and mirrors. Your hilariously absurd rationalization fools no one, but it does make the MEC look foolish.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Womack is an idiot

Aside from having absolutely no training or experience in environmental science, his people skills are virtually nonexistent too.

He has likened the opponents to fracking to "alien abductees" while also claiming you're more likely to be struck by a meteorite than to have your well water contaminated from fracking.

I'd like to accommodate his obsession with outer space by sending him there...

I hope those pockets have big holes.

With the current wash of cheap oil being enjoyed across the country, I hope natural gas is a big loss for the frackers.

No economic sense

There's currently a natural gas glut and most experts agree that NC has little extractable shale gas. Our stupid legislators premise the entire fracking debacle on the idea that "well, there just might be more gas there than the experts think!"

Private interests don't even want to incur the expense to drill test wells, so the state plans to step up and waste our taxpayer dollars to do that.

Prediction: they'll find a small pocket or two of shale gas and subsidize the hell out of drilling for it, which will result in lining the pockets of a very few people at the expense of many ordinary citizens. Then they'll crow about how great fracking is and how much money and jobs it brought into the state. Then they'll look the other way and practice their patented denial when the environment and humans are poisoned.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

fracking

OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE : how about REFERENDUM ? Put FRACKING on the ballot and let's vote on it - once, and for all.