Public forum on fracking in Rockingham County this evening

And the voices of dissent are growing:

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is seeking input from the public on proposed rules for oil and gas development. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 25 at Rockingham County High School in Wentworth.

Also on Monday, opponents to fracking are organizing a Frack Free NC rally at 4:15 p.m. in front of Rockingham County High School.

So far, opponents have outnumbered pro-frackers by a sizeable margin, but that hasn't stopped media from giving them equal time. Which is exactly what FreedomWorks is counting on.


It's all theater

The commission couldn't care less what people have to say. They're on a mission to frack, frack and frack some more. It is the very definition of shortsightedness.

Yeah, I can write

their future press release right now: "We heard a wide range of opinions from the public on how to proceed with rulemaking for hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina, and we applaud those participants for their willingness to take part in the process."

Going through the motions

The conclusions already have been made. They're required to have public hearings, so they are, but they're not listening.

"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