NC coast to become frack water dumping ground?

Spreading the goodness all around:

Now state lawmakers who want to turn North Carolina into the nation’s next fracking hotspot are reopening the case for injecting brines and toxins deep underground. This time, the proposal is shifting the fracking debate from the center of the state, where the energy exploration and economic benefits would occur, to tourism-dependent coastal communities where the disposal wells would have to be drilled.

Not only would these coastal communities be dealing with wastes that another region made money from, it's likely that frack water from other states would end up there, as the drilling companies are struggling to find outlets for the hundreds of millions of gallons they've already produced. And in this issue we do have some experience:

The coastal aquifers have been used just once for chemical injection in the only such deep injection site permitted in the state’s history.

Those wells, about four miles from Wilmington, were created by Hercules, a company that manufactured the raw materials used in the production of polyester fabrics. Hercules began injecting acids in 1968 at a rate of 300,000 gallons a day and continued pumping through 1972.

The wells, set between 850 and 1,050 feet deep, clogged and leached chemicals into a sand, gravel and limestone aquifer. Monitoring wells in upper aquifers later showed that the chemicals traveled past a clay containment zone and contaminated upper aquifers.

That underwater leakage led to the state’s ban on deep injection wells.

Yeah, that would fall in line with other non-sensical Republican initiatives: drill injection wells in the one area we know is not suited for injection wells.



Check out Republican Rep. Rick Caitlin's reaction to the news that his district is going to be one of the prime dumping areas for NC's fracking industry. Caitlin is a hydrogeologist by trade. Is it a coincidence that the counties chosen by the GOP are poor rural coastal ones with large African-American populations? I think not.

David Esmay


If I managed a coastal county, even if I were a Republican, I sure wouldn't want my tourism and fishing ruined.

If I were with the EPA, I sure wouldn't allow coastal dumping.

If I were inland with a well and they started fracking even 50 miles away and the chemistry of my water degraded, I (and all my neighbors) would sueing their a$$es off.

How do they think they get away with this?

How do they even expect to get the QUANTITY of water they need in a low-fresh water state like ours where I spend $70/month for a mere 4000 gallons for my family (OWASA-- your mileage may vary)?