Charles Ritter: Good vs. bad fracking legislation

04/18/2014 12:00 AM

04/15/2014 10:02 AM

Good vs. bad fracking legislation

In 2013, Reps. Mike Stone, Jamie Boles and Mike Hager led the way in the N.C. House to make fracking as safe as possible, tirelessly campaigning to stop dangerous legislation that would allow fracking to permanently contaminate the Jordan Lake reservoir and the Cape Fear River.

Now we have state senators Chad Barefoot, Wesley Meredith and Ronald Rabin campaigning to do just the opposite.

The Duke Energy coal ash storage pit spilled into the Dan River, creating the third-largest environmental disaster of its kind. This is only the beginning of pit disasters looming in our state’s future. Toxic fracking fluids are planned to be stored in open pits 200 feet from bodies of water. (That will likely mean the Jordan Lake reservoir.)

Fracking pits will be more numerous and dangerous than coal ash pits because undisclosed toxic fracking liquids will flow downhill easier than coal ash into the Jordan Lake reservoir and its tributaries, contaminating livestock, crops and the drinking water for western Wake County .

Is this really what we want?

Charles Ritter


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