Stacking the deck in favor of fracking:
Ray Covington, founder of N.C. Oil and Gas, an organization of Lee County landowners whose list of stated goals includes “we want this land drilled,” was appointed by GOP House Speaker Thom Tillis as one of the two conservation members on the board.
And the other "conservation" member owns a company that profits from the cleanup of damage caused by land developers. It's no accident that these two positions were slotted under Tillis' and Berger's contributions to the board. Here are a few snapshots of what this "conservationist" is working for:
By signing our engagement agreement, you are allowing NCOG to represent you through the attorney that we have on retainer. There are any number of events that could take place to ratchet up the bonus and royalty amounts. By signing our engagement agreement, you are able to wait until a later date to work out a lease. When the time comes we will shop this opportunity to a number of Oil and Gas Companies. Then with our Attorney’s guidance we will craft a lease that addresses our landowner rights as well as Royalty and Bonus Payments.
NCOG will receive a small percentage of any bonus negotiated and royalty received.
And just so there's no confusion over who Tillis and Berger should have appointed:
One appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives who is a member of a nongovernmental conservation interest.
One appointed by the General Assembly upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate who is a member of a nongovernmental conservation interest.
And here are Governor Perdue's appointment choices:
(12) One appointed by the Governor who shall be a representative of a publicly traded natural gas company.
(13) One appointed by the Governor who shall be a licensed attorney with experience in legal matters associated with oil and gas exploration and development.
(14) One appointed by the Governor who is a representative of the mining industry.
(15) One appointed by the Governor who is a representative of the mining industry.
This commission is a joke, and so is any lawmaker who touts this as a "multiple disciplinary board".