I attended the Mining and Energy Committee public hearing Aug. 20. I was unable to speak because the time allotted ran out before my turn.
I lived in California before moving to North Carolina in 1978. I’ve seen the destruction of earthquakes and appreciate how much worse it would be without strict building codes. In North Carolina quakes will cause much more damage because so many lovely historic buildings were built before any quakes were imagined in the Eastern United States and codes were created. My experience: If a home is an old wood frame (as ours was in the 1971 quake), it will likely just shake, but if it’s old brick or masonry, beware.
Fracking sites have been registered under Jordan Lake. Seismic activity there could damage the Shearon Harris nuclear facility. No number of jobs or tax dollars can compensate for a nuclear disaster.
Vikram Rao, chairman of the MEC, was quoted: (that the) “anti-fracking animus may have come from a vocal minority. If not, lawmakers misread the public mood when they voted in 2012 and again this year to legalize fracking.” Given the number of experts from relevant professions who spoke at the meeting, I believe the latter is the case.