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On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported its investigation of how Chesapeake Energy has been feverishly working in West Virginia to maximize its ability to drill for natural gas in shale deposits, using business methods that can only be labelled greedy with total disregard for the communities in which the company is operating. Read More

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The nonprofit news site, Pro Publica reported last night on a new draft EPA report  that, for the first time, links the controversial practice of fracking to ground water pollution.

The findings appear to confirm what common sense (and many people who live near fracking sites) already told us — that it would be pretty darned unlikely that the oil and gas industry could inject  millions of gallons of dangerous chemicals underground at high pressure in thousands of sites and not cause harmful groundwater pollution.

Let’s hope the report adds another brick to the wall currently barring the controversial practice in North Carolina. You can read the full EPA report by clicking here.

 

Charlotte welcomed another Fortune 500 company recently as Governor Perdue and Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre announced the HQ is leaving Cincinnati for the sunny south. Chiquita is now the eighth Fortune 500 HQ located in Charlotte– such as Bank of America and Duke Energy. Charlotte is becoming home to some of the worst corporate actors in America. Read More

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What is this, 1911?

Based on his testimony yesterday at his company’s rate hike hearing before the state Utilities Commission, that’s roughly the year in which Duke Energy exec Brett Carter wants us to believe his company operates.

As we’ve reported previously in coverage of the proposed Duke-Progress merger, Duke isn’t much interested in using any of its billions in resources and income to help low income consumers it serves.

Yesterday, however, Carter took the company’s unwillingness to do anything meaningful to help lower the bills of poor customers to new and remarkable depths. Read More

A group of Republican legislators returns to North Carolina this afternoon following their fact-finding trip to Pennsylvania to learn more about the controversial practice known as fracking.

Chesapeake Energy, one of the top drillers of horizontal wells, served as the guide for this trip, as they did last month when Sen. Bob Rucho traveled to the region.

Rep. Pricey Harrison, who did not take part in either industry-led tour, has reservations that her colleagues are only seeing one side of the story, hearing little about the potential for environmental damage or health hazards.

The Guilford County Democrat also worries that when lawmakers reconvene in special session next week, the Republican leadership will push to override the Governor’s veto of  the Energy Jobs Act.  SB709, which Sen. Rucho is a primary sponsor of, could quicken the pace toward fracking as well as the off-shore exploration for natural gas.

Rep. Harrison joins us this weekend on News & Views to discuss the drawbacks of permitting fracking before fully understanding the risks. For a preview of her radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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