Now state lawmakers who want to turn North Carolina into the nation’s next fracking hotspot are reopening the case for injecting brines and toxins deep underground. This time, the proposal is shifting the fracking debate from the center of the state, where the energy exploration and economic benefits would occur, to tourism-dependent coastal communities where the disposal wells would have to be drilled.
Not only would these coastal communities be dealing with wastes that another region made money from, it's likely that frack water from other states would end up there, as the drilling companies are struggling to find outlets for the hundreds of millions of gallons they've already produced. And in this issue we do have some experience:
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