Charlie Ritter: N.C. geology not ideal for fracking

October 24, 2013 

The Oct. 23 letter “Fracking sequel” from a Wyoming petroleum geologist suggested we pick up and study a “freshman geological textbook” to understand why fracking is safe in N.C.

I suggest he pick up one of several North Carolina Geological Surveys that describe specifically the unique geology of N.C. In Chatham County, “frackable” shale intersects the water table/aquifer less than 4 miles from Jordan Lake reservoir. Once fracked with toxic/carcinogenic fluids, it will irreversibly contaminate the water supply to over 300,000 people.

Also, he should pick up a Colorado newspaper. He apparently does not know (in a state adjacent to his own) that during the recent flooding, storage pits containing toxic fracking fluids overflowed into the local water supply, endangering people, drinking water, livestock and crops. It can happen here.

Fracking fluid storage pits are currently proposed by the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission as posted on the draft rules section of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources website. Pits are banned in Texas and several other states for a reason.

The letter writer may understand the geology in Wyoming where he is VP of a gas company, but he just does not understand why our unique geology has the potential for disaster.

Charlie Ritter


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