Republicans sneak fracking bill onto today's calendar

And here's one of many jewels in this fast-fracked piece of offal:

"§ 105‑187.80. No local taxation.

A city or county may not impose a franchise, privilege, license, income, or excise tax on the severing, production, treating, processing, ownership, sale, storage, purchase, marketing, or transportation on any energy minerals produced in the State, or upon the business of severing, producing, treating, processing, owning, selling, buying, storing, marketing, or transporting such energy minerals, or upon the ownership, operation, or maintenance of plants, facilities, machinery, pipelines, and gathering lines related to the severing, production, treating, processing, ownership, storage, sale, purchase, marketing, or transportation of energy minerals.

I won't go as far as to call this an omnibus, but there are enough changes from the previous versions that it should be discussed in-depth. And a little public notice might have removed the taint of deviousness.


Don't blink or you might miss stuff like this:

3rd reading tomorrow, not that sanity might prevail.

As the page loaded

I swore I saw "Republicans snack freaking bill..."

Old eyes....wishful thinking?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I see weird stuff sometimes, too

Like the title for one diary and the text for another. I thought it was just my temperamental netbook acting up when it's sloooow, but it may be something structural with the front page.

They forgot ...

... "dry humping". Some people are so "gung ho" to turn NC into a strip-mine, I wouldn't be surprised if they weren't out in a field somewhere making sweet love to some shale when no one's looking.

So on the same day

The Koch brothers buy a fracking company, Thom Tillis and his henchman ram through a fracking fast-track bill with no public notice and the Koch brothers' AFP releases another round of attack ads on Kay Hagan.

Coincidence? Hahahahaha

"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


This site, aimed at investors that might want to do a lawsuit on the buyout, raises some interesting points about the Koch's offer.

PetroLogistics does business in different states - I didn't see any NC connection when I did some digging about them earlier today, but you don't know what kind of lobbying/power lunches/insider trading might be going on "behind the scenes".

Fracking Idiots

Go to The Fracking Idiots page on Facebook and click "like," then ask you friends to do the same. This action is unconscionable.

It's a full corporate onslaught

of slash & burn in the House session. Amendments to outlaw use of uranium and asbestos; to outlaw open pits to store fracking wastewater; to require the NCGA to approve the Mining & Energy Commissions' final fracking rules; and others attempting to slightly minimize fracking's ill effects are tabled or voted down, while forced pooling will be approved.

The NCGOP is completely, utterly in the pockets of the Kochs and fracking industry and are bending over backwards to give them everything they want. There are some not-so-nice words for what the NCGOP legislators are.

"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