The state commission that’s creating safety standards for fracking raced through 48 rules Wednesday under a legislative deadline to prepare North Carolina for shale gas exploration by next spring.
The Energy & Mining commission, charged with developing the rules, is stacked with industry pro-fracking members and it's pretty clear that the intent is just to get some rules in place that the industry will accept so that we can get on with poisoning the environment.
Their most recent meeting made that abundantly clear:
The Cautionary Tales of Fracked Communities is a nationwide tour that is coming to North Carolina to help you in your fight. During the panel you will hear from those who are living with gas development everyday, and more importantly they will talk about how they are fighting back.
Speakers will include Karen Freudian, a grassroots activist from Kutztown Pa who has successfully helped fight against gas development in her community, with a major victory this past year by getting the PA Democratic party to add a Fracking Moratorium to their party platform. Also speaking will be Jill Wiener- Small business owner turned activist from New York who has been leading the charge to keep fracking out of New York. We will also be hearing from Robert Nehman a father from Iowa whose life was turned upside down after frac sand mining came to his town.
Where and when: UU Church of Charlotte 234 N Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211
Starting at 6:30
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 1:56pm
It is time to call for a moratorium on fracking in North Carolina.
Currently, we can expect permits for fracking to begin to be issued in March of 2015. This came out of legislation in the last session of the General Assembly, over the objection of many environmentalists.
But now the environmentalists have a more immediate example of regulations gone awry in Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds and their many leaks into our waterways and rivers. No one know how long it will take to actually remove the contaminants from waters and stream beds, or if that can be done. No one really knows if these spills will seep into our ground waters and acquifers. We do know that poor regulations, and specific legislation to limit those regulations, allowed this to happen.
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