I grew up on the Dan River in Rockingham County and have made some of my best memories on the river. My family owns a river business and relies on recreational activities for our income.
After the recent coal ash spill, I can only imagine the negative effects fracking would have on families like mine that rely on the clean water. I also take pride in having access to clean well water without having to worry about filters or chemical contamination. This is what’s at stake if we allow fracking into the state.
The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission recently finalized the rules and regulations for fracking (“ Fracking rules finalized,” Nov. 15 news article). However, these rules were written to encourage industry to the state, not to protect the public. The current rules aren’t going to protect our health or our water, which is why we should keep fracking out of the state entirely.