Greasing the skids for fracking

North Carolina continues its headlong pursuit of fracking, accelerating the development of the rules that the NCGA requires to be in place before drilling starts.

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 public is reminded that it is given a generous allocation of three minutes,” Chairman James Womack, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, reprimanded a public speaker who exceeded the time limit.

Womack said the commissioners covered four times as much ground in the daylong technical review Wednesday as they have in previous meetings when they were less pressed for time.

One wonders how much attention the commission paid to "the public" with an apparent objective of just getting the meeting over with so we can start the environmental destruction and corporate profit taking.


The public is reminded

That there will be 3 public hearings on the fracking rules in August. One is in Rockingham County. If our NC geography knowledge serves, the Dan River flows through there.

"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