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NY Times article exposes DENR’s demise under McCrory

Coal ash spillIn case you missed it over the weekend, be sure to check out reporter Trip Gabriel’s excellent story in the New York Times about how the recent Dan River coal ash spill has served to expose the ways in which the McCrory administration has “defanged” the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Here’s how it begins:

“Last June, state employees in charge of stopping water pollution were given updated marching orders on behalf of North Carolina’s new Republican governor and conservative lawmakers.

‘The General Assembly doesn’t like you,’ an official in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told supervisors called to a drab meeting room here. ‘They cut your budget, but you didn’t get the message. And they cut your budget again, and you still didn’t get the message.’

From now on, regulators were told, they must focus on customer service, meaning issuing environmental permits for businesses as quickly as possible. Big changes are coming, the official said, according to three people in the meeting, two of whom took notes. ‘If you don’t like change, you’ll be gone.’”

Read the rest of Gabriel’s sobering story by clicking here.

4 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    March 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    That the fact that this institutional incompetence has happened over decades is the true story here. Like this is something new with Pat is laughable at best….no this is what happens when government gets involved with anything, it becomes a bureaucratic mess.

  2. Patti U

    March 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Obviously, Layinthesmackdown, you did not bother to read the NY Times story before responding with a thoughtless, knee jerk, response to distract and blame the government without paying attention to details. Otherwise, you might have learned something….

  3. Alan

    March 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    LSD, this hasn’t happened over decades, who are you kidding??? Skvarla was appointed by the McCrory administration, NOBODY else. The anti-government “bureaucratic mess” you speak of is just more of your typical cover and support for all things McCrory/GOP in this state. Your typical change-the-topic, deflection, reflection, response to any form of criticism of the cronyism and corruption taking place here in NC.

    Glad to see you’re on 1st name terms with NC’s worst guv EVER.

  4. Jeff nelson

    March 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    At least there was a 1,099,000 fine placed on duke power by the state to get them to change the way they do things. Oh wait, 1,000,000 of that was paid to mccrory’s campaign not the state. Ok, move along, nothing to see. I’m sure that had nothing to do with denr actions. They are completely unrelated. Not connected at all. Thanks brownie, I mean pat, you are doing the job you were paid to do…just not by the people of Nc.

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