Grace McFarland: Colorado’s example

March 1, 2014 

Applause is due to Colorado’s environmental and industry leaders who worked with the state legislature to combat pollution from oil and gas drilling. The new plan represents an Air Quality Control Commission protecting the public. The plan also includes the requirement of facility inspection for leaks, depending on the amount of pollution emitted.

If only North Carolina’s officials were as adamant about reducing hazardous pollutants that are known to affect to public health. Maybe the now ever-increasing threat of coal ash in our rivers wouldn’t be such a menace if there were some form of regulation on the inspection of pipes carrying toxic coal ash.

This is just an example of how the natural resource industry – whether coal or shale gas – can’t necessarily be relied on to responsibly control practices and outputs of waste.

It is crucial for North Carolinians to continue to make efforts for their voices to be heard. We won’t allow our state to be destroyed by the personal and corporate interests of our elected officials.

Grace McFarland

Chapel Hill

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