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?