The report is the first study of its kind to measure the footprint of fracking damage nationally to date— including toxic wastewater, water use, chemical use, air pollution, land damage and global warming emissions.
“In state after state, fracking polluted our air, water, and landscapes. If fracking is allowed in North Carolina, this is the kind of damage in store for areas like the Deep River” said Liz Kazal, field associate with Environment North Carolina. “North Carolina’s air, water, and land are just too important to risk. Governor McCrory and the General Assembly need to act now to protect North Carolinians’ air and water.”
John Skvarla, the fox in charge of the DENR henhouse, already told us that he had a "new mission" in mind for his agency's water quality division.
Now we see more clearly what that new mission is: completely ignore water quality issues. If water becomes polluted, we'll stick our heads in the sand. Because we wouldn't want to know about any harm that Skvarla's corporate profiteer buddies are doing to the environment in their quest for more almighty dollars.
North Carolina applied for a federal grant to monitor water quality that might be poisoned by fracking. The grant was approved.
When you want to know what Mitt really thinks, you get him before a bunch of big donors ("47%"). When you want to know what John Skvarla, NC DENR Secretary, really thinks, you get him in front of the John Locke Foundation.
This article is frightening. Layoffs at DENR, "turning the place upside down", "Everything we do in DENR has to involve some consideration of economics", "We don't want the most severe [fracking] rules" ...
and my personal (ahem) favorite:
"If we got wet gas [ethane, propane, butane], then Katy bar the door ... It could be the panacea from heaven"
Yeah, John, or it could be Pandora's box from hell.
The Landfill Bill (S328) was removed from the Senate Calendar on Monday and moved to Senate Finance. The Senate Finance Committee will take up the bill next week, and from there it could go to the Senate for a vote.
A new bill (Senate Bill 328) in the state legislature is jam-packed with every bad idea from the last five years regarding landfills. S328 would radically weaken environmental standards for landfills, including: eliminating landfill height restrictions and weakening protective buffers; expanding the length of permits to 30 years (meaning new standards won’t apply to old landfills); allowing groundwater contamination to stay in place indefinitely; eliminating the requirement for regular inspections of toxic liquid collection lines; and prohibiting revisions to state groundwater standards more frequently than once every five years.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 1:16pm
The problem with electing Republicans to office is that even though they claim to be godly people they don’t vote their religion, they vote their pocketbook. There is a big difference there. The tenets of faith and the needs of the pocketbook are not the same. And their pocketbook speaks to them strongly. They may claim all pocketbooks are the same but they are not, and filling up their’s does not mean yours gets filled up, too. Their pocketbook has a lot more in it than your pocketbook does and they don’t care to share.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 11:32pm
Shared by a friend in Asheville for those in other parts of NC:
The Western North Carolina Alliance is urging action against a proposed 472 acre logging project below Devil's Courthouse in the headwaters of the French Broad River. The area is adjacent to the popular Art Loeb Trail and in the view-shed of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, according to the nonprofit environmental advocacy group...
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