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Governor’s Executive Order seeks to establish safety standards before fracking

Governor Bev Perdue issued an Executive Order Monday establishing a regulatory workgroup to develop “a robust set of rules” before fracking is allowed in North Carolina.

Perdue said the task force, made up of representatives from various state agencies, would ensure that every necessary precaution is put into place to protect the state’s drinking water, and safeguard the health of every North Carolinian.

The task force would  also take into account consumer protections, the state’s transportation infrastructure, and the impact on local governments before fracking could proceed.

Jane Preyer, North Carolina director of Environmental Defense Fund, praised call for further study:

“The process outlined by the Governor avoids a rush to drilling and emphasizes a responsible and deliberative approach.  If the state decides down the road to allow natural gas drilling, doing it as safely as possible is much more important than doing it quickly.

“Gov. Perdue sends a clear signal that she will work actively with legislators who support a responsible approach to natural gas development, provided that the state has safeguards in place that protect the health of citizens and communities.  Safety should be the priority for North Carolina’s landowners, communities and environment.”

Sen. Bob Rucho, a chief proponent of fracking, also praised the Governor’s Executive Order:

“We are pleased Gov. Perdue shares our goal of creating a vibrant energy jobs sector in North Carolina and agree there needs to be a strong regulatory framework.  We look forward to passing The Clean Energy and Economic Security Act and having Gov. Perdue sign it into law.”

As budget writer begin tweaking the state budget, the governor’s order further stipulates that ‘adequate resources must be provided across all agencies to support effective regulation of the oil and gas industry.’

To read Executive Order 118, click here.

 

 

 

Image above from Wikimedia Commons, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

4 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    May 21, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I finally found something from Gov Perdue with which I can agree. Put the safety rules in place then proceed.

  2. suzanne coleman

    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Okay, so the Governor issues an executive order, but does that mean that she will veto Rucho’s fast-track fracking bill that allows fracking by a date certain in 2014 whether there are regulations in place or not?

  3. suzanne coleman

    May 22, 2012 at 12:28 am

    2. Full disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicals and prior certification of components must be studied.

    This means nothing. There is not one state in the country at this time that has been successful in requiring that the gas industry provide full disclosure of all chemicals used in drilling and fracking gas wells. Not one. Because the industry has been successful in hiding behind trade secret laws.

  4. suzanne coleman

    May 22, 2012 at 12:31 am

    And finally, the executive order says that it is in effect until it is rescinded. Since Perdue is not seeking re-election, her successor which may end up being Pat McCrory, who supports fracking and whose employer has the NC Petroleum Institute as a client, rescission may be right around the corner.

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