Uncategorized

The Fracking Truth

Earlier this year the US Energy Information Administration downsized projections of available natural gas in US shale deposits by 40% – so it was just a matter of time before the wild projections for North Carolina would be scaled back too.

State geologists now believe that those projected 40 years of our state’s natural gas needs are probably more like five years, concentrated in only a few counties – Lee, Chatham and Moore.  The U.S. Geological Survey is expected to issue a more definitive estimate of our state’s natural gas resources sometime this year.

The demonstrated environmental impacts from fracking mania around the country, information that gas reserves in NC are closer to groundwater than in many other states and the scaled back estimates of available reserves should be the death knell for fracking in North Carolina.

After all these negative indicators, State Senator Rucho and his allies continue to push fracking, wasting our tax dollars and precious time needed to scale up proven technologies such as renewable energy as well as energy efficiency and conservation programs – all which could make a serious dent in climate change.

2 Comments


  1. Alex

    May 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Government estimates proved to be entirely wrong in the West and the Northeast !

  2. Jeff S

    May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    It’s irrelevant really. There’s still money to be made and even if there weren’t each state that approves the practice will make it that much easier to get the next one passed.

    Besides, it’s on the national Republican “to do” list. What else are state repubs supposed to do but rubber-stamp it?

Check Also

Excuses fading for inaction on climate change

Among the most prominent reasons for US inaction ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Conference comes a day after new report lauds benefits of same-day registration The new line-up for [...]

North Carolina’s largest public school system may be warning of “enormous disruptions” without speed [...]

Carol Turner hadn’t lived in North Carolina long before last November’s election. A retired nurse, s [...]

Controversy over class-size requirements in early grades has emerged as the biggest issue facing Nor [...]

The wisdom of the plan by Senate leaders to cut taxes by $839 million was called into question this [...]

Several years of tax cuts have not fixed our economic problems, and more of the same won’t either In [...]

Progress on “second chance” agenda marks a rare positive development in state policy wars There are [...]

24 million---the number of people in the United States who would lose health care coverage by 2026 u [...]

Featured | Special Projects

Trump + North Carolina
In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their impacts.
Read more


HB2 - The continuing controversy
Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.
Read more