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Rep. Harrison urges colleagues to “go slow” following one-sided look at fracking (video)

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:

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2 Comments

  1. Lisa

    November 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Clayton – it appears that the Republicans are preparing their case to overturn SB 709 in the upcoming legislative session – since they’ve now gone on two trips up north in a short period. Otherwise why wouldn’t a few members of the study commission on fracking (those in favor/against and undecided) travel to view the operations and then report back to the commission as part of their work. thanks for sharing the piece with Pricey Harrison – it’s good to know there some serious questioning this technology by some of our elected officials.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    November 23, 2011 at 7:34 am

    This is crazy. How can Representative Harrison be critical of Senator Rucho when she would not attend an event that presented a different view from one she holds? It appears her mind is made up and the facts be damned. Boths sides need to be examined, even by Harrison.