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Fracking foes rally this evening at the General Assembly

This evening at 6:00 p.m., environmentalists and concerned citizens will rally outside  the legislature to urge lawmakers to keep their promise not to fast-track approval for  hydraulic fracturing.

Last year, North Carolina lawmakers voted to make fracking legal under the condition that there would be a two-year moratorium before deciding whether or not to grant any drilling permits to the oil and gas industry.

Now Senate bill 76 threatens to lift that moratorium, and allow for the injection of “flowback” water into deep wells for permanent disposal. SB 76 would also take away from North Carolina counties and towns their ability to collect taxes and fees from oil and gas companies for damage to infrastructure.

Senator Ellie Kinnaird weighed in on SB 76 last weekend when she appeared on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon.   Kinnaird notes the bill would also eliminate two seats from the N.C. Mining & Energy Commission – including the state geologist.

To hear Kinnaird’s concerns, click below. This evening’s rally runs from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. on the plaza across the street from the General Assembly Building.

SB76 was passed by the Senate earlier this month and was referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Job Development.

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  1. Shaun

    March 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Fracking is an environmental nightmare, it pollutes our water, contaminates our air, destroys our beautiful places and keeps us addicted to fossil fuels. We need to ban fracking now.

    Fracking routinely employs numerous toxic chemicals, including methanol, benzene, and trimenthylbenzene. A 2011 report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee found that more than 750 different chemicals are used in fracking fluid and that many are toxic, carcinogenic, or otherwise hazardous.

    Our state needs to put a halt to fracking, and ensure that this dangerous practice does not harm North Carolina’s water, air, health and communities.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2003/may/28/20030528-102548-4938r/

    Wednesday, May 28, 2003

    Washington Times “A spokesman for al Qaeda has told an Arabic-language newsmagazine that the terror group will try to use poisons to attack the United States, specifically threatening to contaminate the nation’s water supply.

    A U.S. intelligence official, who would not comment on al-Ablaj’s credibility, played down the threat to U.S. water supplies in an interview with UPI.
    “It is very difficult to covertly poison a reservoir,” the official said on the condition of anonymity. “It would take many truckloads of poison, which would make it difficult to do secretly. That is not really a viable threat.”

    Isn’t this exactly what the Governor is proposing to do? To contaminate the water supply with truckloads of poison. Now there’s your al Qaeda!

    “the terror group will try to use poisons to attack the United States” GMOs, Pesticides, Growth Hormones & Antibiotic Meats, BPA, Ractopamine, Petrol Cosmetics , chemical fertilizer, carcinogenic chemical Products & Food Additives, chemtrails, pm 2.5 & 10 exhaust particulates, sulfur dioxide, methane, carbon dioxide, benzenes, TCE, injection wells, manufacturing discharge, nuclear waste leaks, leaking septic tanks…chemical water disinfection, pharmaceutical water contamination, bleach, detergents, chemical soaps, carcinogenic road deicers, non-regulated nano particles in food & products, flouride…

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