You don't need money for testing if you're not planning to do the testing:
Saying they don’t need the money to meet their new mission, state environmental officials recently turned down almost $600,000 in federal grants. The money would have been used to set up a network of sites to begin testing streams in the Piedmont where natural gas production is likely to occur and to establish a long-term planning and monitoring program to protect wetlands.
It’s the first time a state in EPA's Southeast region has refused a grant since the program started in 1996, an agency spokesperson in Atlanta said. North Carolina could be the only state in the country to ever decline the grants.
Collecting and analyzing baseline water quality data in areas that are likely to be fracked is one of the top priorities recommended by scientists from Duke University, who recently conducted an in-depth study of contaminated wells in Pennsylvania. Without that pre-fracking baseline, it's more difficult to differentiate between new contamination from human activities and possible naturally-occurring phenomenon. Which could explain why this money was refused; to give the frackers an "out" when our wells start going bad, like they have everywhere else. And there's always this:
Turning down the fracking grant fits a disturbing pattern, noted Molly Diggins, state director of the N.C. Sierra Club. “This is just the latest example of what appears to be an intentional effort to starve DENR of resources,” she said. “This fits into a pattern where the administration and the legislature seem to continually hamstring the agency from doing its job. Now, the McCrory administration has turned down funding that would help communities facing fracking to get information about water-quality impacts.”
While Skvarla's behavior on this might please the DENR haters in the Legislature and Tea Party nut-jobs that think the Federal government should be overthrown (or whatever craziness is being gabbed about these days), refusing to do the necessary testing to develop baseline water quality data is more than just negligent, it's actively undermining future legal proceedings. And as a result, John Skvarla will be able to add a new title to his resume: "Defendant".