The Sept. 8 Point of View “ The bounty beneath North Carolina soil” delivered a sucker punch to North Carolinians as only big oil and gas can do. The rosy picture it painted of our future with fracking was so devoid of facts it leaves me breathless. Here are just a few it left out:
• The “carefully drafted rules” governing the energy industry were written with the energy industry and are some of the worst in the nation. The rules allow oil and gas companies to keep secret the toxic chemicals they use in fracking; store toxic wastes in open pits as little as 200 feet away from our rivers, lakes and streams; force homeowners to allow fracking operations underneath their homes; and blast next to the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, the nation’s largest repository of highly radioactive spent control rods.
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• Outside drilling companies and wildcatters bring legacies of earthquakes in Oklahoma and Texas, methane gas leaks in Pennsylvania and toxic waste spills in Colorado.
• According to DENR, fracking will create 387 jobs and bring mostly temporary, out-of-state workers.
• No resources are provided to monitor water and air quality or to clean up accidents from fracking.
• Property values go down when fracking comes to town.