Linda Medure: N.C. ‘safe haven’ for polluters

February 21, 2014 

The Feb. 13 letter “Fracking feet” stated, “Then there is the matter of a 200-foot setback between the well and streams or other surface water. ... If that stream flows into Jordan Lake, the drinking water for 300,000 people will be poisoned.” With MEC proposing only a 200-foot setback requirement (80 percent to 90 percent less than some other states), contamination is inevitable. And this is no surprise, because many MEC members come from the oil and gas industry, not known for environmental concerns. In addition, Halliburton successfully pressured DENR/MEC to reverse its decision and allow for the nondisclosure of toxic chemicals used in fracking fluids.

Now we see the Feb. 14 news article “Feds launch criminal probe of N.C. agency after coal ash spill.” It should be a crime if DENR/MEC is investigated only after irreversible damage is done to our drinking water from fracking, like the coal ash disaster.

Could our governor’s 28-year employment in the energy field, and MEC members’ relationships with the energy sector, play a role in our state becoming a safe haven for these real and potential environmental polluters?

Linda Medure, Cary

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