David Streifford: Fast fracking

April 23, 2013 

Fast fracking

The N&O’s March 16 story “Pipeline may bring glut of gas” is a fitting epitaph to the legislature’s obsession to frack N.C.

In 2011 the EPA began a major scientific investigation of fracking and its impact on drinking water. On Dec. 21, 2012, it released its first report, “Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources: Progress Report.” The agency plans to make the final report in 2014.

Compare the EPA’s conscientious and studious approach to that of the N.C. General Assembly. Senate Bill 820 was rushed through committees and narrowly passed in July 2012. Instead of taking the prudent approach and waiting for the EPA’s report as we would expect from our lawmakers and stewards of the environment, the General Assembly put the proverbial cart before the horse.

It ignored state geologist Kenneth Taylor’s finding that we have no more than five years of natural gas. The

legislators minimized all of the issues surrounding fracking – well blowouts, water contamination, air pollution, 24/7 noise from truck convoys and drilling and destruction of roads.

Not relevant, said the GA. We want to frack NC! And now we learn that the need for our gas will be greatest when we are all dead!

David Streifford


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