Bob Rucho is leading a delegation of legislators to Arkansas to observe how the people are totally fracked there.
Rucho said the taxpayer-funded trip includes Republicans and Democrats. The North Carolina delegation is expected to depart North Carolina at 1 p.m. Wednesday and attend meetings at the Downtown Marriot in Little Rock. The group will visit the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality on Thursday and then travel Friday to Southwestern Energy’s operations in Conway.
Their host company is being sued for contaminating people's water in Pennsylvania. That company, of course, advised NC's fracking commission.
This is the third time state lawmakers have traveled to other states to look at fracking operations. In 2011, two legislative delegations that visited Pennsylvania drew objections from environmental groups for presenting one side of the fracking story.
Like those trips, no environmental organizations or anti-fracking groups are on the agenda in Arkansas. Rucho said the purpose of the trip is to “learn how the system works,” saying “we have enough environmental groups here.”
Well, Bob, I think you made it abundantly clear what the purpose of the trip is, and it sure as hell isn't fact finding. Which might be why you tried to keep it a secret:
Rucho noticed the committee’s visit less than 24-hours before the lawmakers plan to leave town. He said no public disclosure of the trip was required, but it was publicly noticed because a majority of the commission were planning to attend, making it possibly subject to the state’s open meetings law. “It isn’t a meeting. It’s just strictly a fact-finding trip,” he said.
No, Bob, it's not about finding facts, it's about finding more ways to rationalize your kowtowing to the fracking industry. If it were about finding facts, you would be meeting with all concerned parties, not just your corporate master. And yes, Bob, it's subject to the state's open meetings law.
What a royal waste of taxpayer dollars, Bob. Are you going to go home and tell the folks how you're against wasteful government spending?