An appalling story in the New York Times today shows exactly what happens when fracking interests move in, a harsh preview of things to come here in North Carolina. Between slack regulation, a lack of property rights, trickle-up economics, and gag-rules, we've laid the same foundation they have in Texas. Poverty digs in. Just what we need.
And though the boom has helped produce fortunes for some and comfortable lives for many, for others it exists within a rural landscape of unpaved streets without garbage pickup, where few dare to drink the tap water because it tastes and smells like chlorine.