Stephen Melott: Fast-track danger

June 14, 2014 

Regarding the June 5 news article “N.C. now open to fracking”: Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the fast-track fracking bill into law. This irresponsible bill breaks a promise made by legislative leaders to wait to see final rules on fracking before voting on this controversial practice. Our state lawmakers have broken the promise they made in 2012 (and again in 2013) to have the finished package of fracking rules in front of them before deciding whether to allow fracking in North Carolina.

By his signing Senate Bill 786, McCrory has signaled his willingness to put North Carolinians’ public health and communities at risk. Fracking has been linked to groundwater contamination, air pollution and decreased property values.

As passed, Senate Bill 786 makes it a crime for those with access to the fracking recipe to reveal what chemicals are used in the fracking process. Doctors might receive this information because a patient became sick from contaminated groundwater. The doctor would be prohibited from sharing that information with colleagues or the public in order to prevent or address other cases of contamination.

If fracking is so safe, why did lawmakers pass this bill with this provision?

Stephen Melott


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