Business leaders, local govt. officials call for fracking veto

Environmental protection advocates have released a pair of letters signed, respectively, by 44 business owners and 33 elected officials from areas with shale gas deposits calling on Governor Perdue to veto the controversial fracking legalization bill.

According to a statement issued by the NC Sierra Club and Clean Water for North Carolina:

“Businesses and elected officials who signed on are from Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Sanford, and Pittsboro, among others.

The letters read, in part, ‘S820 threatens the shared prosperity and quality of life our businesses are working to sustain every day in North Carolina, and we hope you will block this unwise legislation.’

The letter also noted that investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency are better ways of creating jobs and building a better future for the state.  

The letter concluded, ‘North Carolina deserves better, and we are disappointed that the legislature has sent you S820, a bill that does so little to protect and sustain the businesses that are already building a better future for this state. We urge you to veto S820.'”

You can read the business owners’ letter by clicking here and the local officials’ letter by clicking here.


  1. Frank Burns

    June 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This is really dumb. Fracking is a promising technology to gather natural gas for keeping our rates low and providing a lot of jobs. There is no danger to the ground water as fracking occurs down at depths of 5000 ft with the ground water above 2000 ft depth. The environmentalists wackos don’t want coal, gas, nuclear or hydro. All they approve of are solar and windmills. They are not dealing with reality.

  2. david esmay

    June 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Have you looked at the geographical maps of NC’s shale deposits Frank? They’re miniscule compared to states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and western states. Why jeopardize our environment for such a limited resource, or do you just want to be able to ignite your tap water?

  3. bil

    June 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Frank, the reality is there’s a glut of natural gas on the market–prices are very low and there’s no shortage of natural gas. And there is a very real danger because this is a new method, and the companies who use this procedure will not disclose what chemicals they are using. Pennsylvania’s had a lot of problems due to fracking, and we should take our time to make sure it is safe, esp. since if there is a failure, we won’t be able to do anything to fix it. And I’m in the middle of Chatham Co with a well, so I have skin in the game.

  4. Frank Burns

    June 27, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Fracking is being done safely all the time, I’m not aware of any documented problems anywhere. You’re fortunate to have skin in the game, maybe you will get some royaties. The chemicals that are used are in the ground already.

  5. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Frank, your not aware of a lot things.
    Problems associated with fracking Univ. of Texas study
    1. water contamination and consumption, over it’s lifetime each well consumes 3-5 million gallons of water.
    2. blowouts
    3. explosions
    4. atmospheric emissions
    5. spill management
    6. migration of gases and fracking chemicals to the surface
    All but the injection phase have been reported as sources of contamination.
    There are also studies that have been done by Duke and Cornell about the effects and dangers of fracking, I suggest you rent or by “Gasland”, and just google problems associated with fracking. I understand that as a charter member of the GOTP Flat Earth Society, you automatically reject scientific finding that don’t support your ideology, but it’s worth a try.

  6. Frank Burns

    June 27, 2012 at 8:22 am

    You have not presented any documented evidence of problems with fracking. You have stated that there are potential problems identified by a couple of universities. What’s new there? We’ve seen Universities will say anything to get the next grant. There are potential problems with anything we do, but any risks can be mitigated with proper precautions. You mentioned a movie (sorry I don’t watch documentaries) and other things not pertinent.

  7. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Other things not pertinent? That include anything that does not support your views. Well water contamination has been well documented in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Texas, Colorado, and Wyoming. The residents of Dimock, Pa. are suing Cabot Oil & Gas for contaminating their water, there are lawsuits pending in Colorado as well. You really have your head in the sand, Frank. If you don’t like documentaries, read and do some research. Willful ignorance is nothing to be proud of. In 2011 the EPA found 14 contaminates of concern in 11 private wells in Wyoming, including benzene at 50 times safe levels, as well as diesel fuel, methane, and heavy metals, in both ground water and deep wells.

  8. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Here you go Frank, http://www.gaslandthemovie.com.

  9. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 10:08 am

  10. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

    It goes on and on and on, Frank.

  11. Frank Burns

    June 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

    David, If you throw a dead cat in your well, you’ve contaminated your groundwater. Lawyers are always looking for something to sue for, that’s what they do. Look at John Edwards and other ambulance chasers.

    The willful ignorance is on your part, you claim that fracking has contaminated the ground water. You believe what the left has told you to believe. That statement is not true and if you look it up on any web browser, you will see that I am correct. How could it? Fracking is done well below the ground water level, your claims do not make sense. I don’t watch leftwing propaganda so I won’t be looking at your movie.

  12. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Frank, you can also tie a dead cat to a string and swing it around a stump full of water at midnight to get rid of warts, and repeat after me,
    “barley corn, barley corn, injun meal shorts,
    spunk water, spunk water, swaller these warts.”

  13. david esmay

    June 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

  14. Frank Burns

    June 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    You found one maybe or might, certainly not evidence that fracking contaminates ground water. In fact the EPA found the contaminates in a monitoring well, not a water well. There are also questions on the EPA’s findings. http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2011/12/09/questions-emerge-on-epas-wyoming-fracking-study/

    The contamination detected could have come from other sources. This is not helping your case if that is all you’ve got.

  15. david esmay

    June 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

    What other sources, are you insane?

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