Uncategorized

Fracking advocate will chair state Mining and Energy Commission

The NC Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) elected Lee County commissioner Jim Womack as its chairman Friday morning.

As Chris Fitzsimon noted earlier this week the commission’s charge was to determine if the state should proceed with the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking.

But Womack, who was appointed by Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger, has already gone on record saying it’s in the best interest of the state to open the door to horizontal drilling.

In an interview with WRAL-TV, Womack set aside environmental concerns and said the next step is for the MEC to move quickly to set up a regulatory framework for energy companies:

“’Slow down’ is not in my lexicon,” he said. “You’re more likely to have a meteorite fall from the sky and hit you on the head than you are to contaminate groundwater with fracking fluid percolating up from under the ground. It hasn’t happened.”

Beaufort County’s Tex Gilmore, a representative from the mining industry, was also tapped Friday as chairman of the commission’s Mining Committee.

One Comment


  1. Bill Punshon

    October 1, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Really!!! There are a lot of people in Western Pa. apparently that have been killed by meteorites. This guy is probably going to make it into the 1 % ers with this appointment. I’m sorry but the burden of proof is on him to show no harm is possible and as far as the environment is concerned we need to GO SLOW and think about this instead of jumping on the bandwagon and adding another potentian environmental disaster to our state.

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. North Carolina’s greatest scandal continues UNC center’s ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Just days after a North Carolina official tapped a Robeson County elementary for a controversial cha [...]

Two groups seeking state contracts to run struggling North Carolina schools have professional ties t [...]

North Carolinians will lose their “precious right to vote,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader [...]

Saturday nights at the 311 Motor Speedway in rural Pine Hall smell of fast food and fuel. Wooden ble [...]

Why the legislature now operates this way and why it’s a big problem The North Carolina General Asse [...]

The post NCAA Legitimacy Deflated appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

There are lots of reasons for people to get off of the sidelines and commit themselves to new and su [...]

4---number of days since The Trump administration announced its decision to halt cost-sharing subsid [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more