A group of Republican legislators returns to North Carolina this afternoon following their fact-finding trip to Pennsylvania to learn more about the controversial practice known as fracking.
Chesapeake Energy, one of the top drillers of horizontal wells, served as the guide for this trip, as they did last month when Sen. Bob Rucho traveled to the region.
Rep. Pricey Harrison, who did not take part in either industry-led tour, has reservations that her colleagues are only seeing one side of the story, hearing little about the potential for environmental damage or health hazards.
The Guilford County Democrat also worries that when lawmakers reconvene in special session next week, the Republican leadership will push to override the Governor’s veto of the Energy Jobs Act. SB709, which Sen. Rucho is a primary sponsor of, could quicken the pace toward fracking as well as the off-shore exploration for natural gas.
Rep. Harrison joins us this weekend on News & Views to discuss the drawbacks of permitting fracking before fully understanding the risks. For a preview of her radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below: