Chris’ “Monday Numbers” column  this morning recounts some of the sobering facts about fracking that make any rush to an affirmative judgment on the controversial natural gas extraction technique (recently banned in Vermont) a fool’s errand.
Meanwhile, the Greenville Daily Reflector also weighs in  on the subject this morning with a similarly skeptical take:
Until North Carolina knows that for certain, however, it makes sense to allow research and determine the necessary regulations to ensure protection of drinking water near fracking sites. The General Assembly has two bills with competing approaches to this issue and backing a measure that moves hastily to allow the process would be a grave mistake.
Finally, in case you missed it over the weekend, the Asheville Citizen-Times spoke up with great coherence  about the evils that the U.S. Supreme Court unleashed two-and-a-half-years ago with its decision in the Citizens United case. The CT rightfully calls on the court to fashion a do-over in a new Montana case and highlights the local ill-effects of Super PAC madness in western North Carolina.