From the Editorial Board at the Winston-Salem Journal:
Unfortunately, a legislative leadership that has already sped to a decision — one that favors the drilling and that eschews careful consideration — chose not to attend. At the conference, fracking proponents would have been delighted to hear that opponents have made a mountain out of a molehill, or should we say an ocean out of a pond, regarding the water that would be consumed by fracking operations. It sounds enormous — millions of gallons — but putting that number in perspective, it's in line with many industries, such as watering golf courses. Legislators might not have wanted to hear, however, what other scientists reported — that the economic windfall for North Carolina would not be very great.
While allowing the Sea Level Rise bill to become law without her signature, Governor Perdue signed two other pernicious bills into law. Senate Bill 229 is a bill full of loopholes and benefits to polluters, including exempting certain facilities from water quality permits and weakening critical buffer rules along the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins.
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Rep. Hackney is a stalwart friend of North Carolina’s environment. In his many roles - including Speaker of the North Carolina House, Speaker Pro Tempore, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader - Rep. Hackney has consistently stood on the side of protecting North Carolina’s water, air, and communities.
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Carteret Community College will be the third educational institution in the state to host a community forum addressing the potential for offshore wind development in North Carolina. Other forums have been held at UNC Wilmington and UNC Chapel-Hill. Investment in offshore wind will generate local, renewable energy and create jobs.
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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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May - July
The Associated Press quoted Will Morgan of the Sierra Club on the Fracking Vote of S820.