National Report Shows NC Not Ready to Regulate Fracking

The report issued today by the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER) shows that the North Carolina lacks the formal standards and technical criteria needed to regulate fracking.
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Senate Committee Unveils Fracking Bill, Proposes Lifting the Ban

Today a key energy committee chaired by Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenberg) presented legislation that would legalize fracking in North Carolina.
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New Fracking Bill Contains Many of the Same Risks

A Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) introduced in the Senate Commerce Committee today made some improvements to the original language of a Senate measure that addresses the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” but still falls far short of what is needed to protect the public interest.
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NC House Passes Fracking Legislation, Sends Measure to the Senate

The legislature continued its relentless drive to allow fracking in North Carolina with today’s House vote to approve SB 820. Today’s vote came despite numerous reasonable concerns about moving too fast and potential damage to communities, the environment and landowners. Questions about whether or not our state’s geology puts us at greater risk of drinking water contamination remain unanswered.
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Elected Officials and Business Leaders Call for Fracking Veto

Two letters were delivered to the office of Governor Beverly Perdue last week urging her to veto Senate Bill 820, legislation that lays the path to fracking in North Carolina. One letter was from elected officials and the other from business leaders in the community.
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Statement from the NC Sierra Club on Governor Perdue’s Veto of S 820

On Sunday Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed S 820, the fracking bill. In response to the Governor’s actions, the following statement was given by Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club:
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Statement from the NC Sierra Club on the Override of Governor Perdue’s Veto of S 820

After tonight’s vote, Molly Diggins, State Director of the NC Sierra Club said, “It's disappointing that the House leadership took advantage of a procedural error to override the Governor's veto. Our drinking water has now been put at risk--even though the required three-fifths of the members did not want to override." "How ironic that in an industry plagued with accidents, hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' today become legal in North Carolina based on a accidental vote.”
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The Associated Press quoted Will Morgan of the Sierra Club on the Fracking Vote of S820.