As North Carolinians continue to study and debate the issue of whether the state should open up to natural gas “fracking,” here’s another fun byproduct of the process that’s turning up in the news more and more that needs to be factored into the debate: earthquakes.
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.
North Carolinians, especially in our urban centers, are used to receiving top picks for great places to live, work, raise a family, retire – the list goes on. But two recent studies say shame on NC – when it comes to transportation.
These studies show that unless our elected officials make significant investments for the future and drivers demand more fuel efficiency and alternatives to always getting in the car, we will continue to face serious pollution and resulting health effects that will cost us millions and for some of us, our lives.
What does this have to do with NC’s American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery? Read More…
Tomorrow is Earth Day.
Yesterday was the one -year anniversary of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Today oil remains in the Gulf and independent scientists confirm that the region is still suffering from the blowout. But oil spills are only one threat to our oceans.
Overfishing is considered the most critical peril facing our oceans. Overfishing means catching too many adult fish so there are not enough to breed and replenish the species. Around the world, 52% of fish stocks are in imminent danger of collapse. When a fishery collapses, large fishing fleets move onto plunder other species with no concern for the future.
Seafood lovers have the power to change overfishing – Earth Day is a great day to start! Read More…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-awaited proposal Tuesday on regulating the waste produced by coal-fired power plants. The regulation comes in response to the December 2008 spill of more than a billion gallons of coal ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority facility in Kingston, Tenn.
The EPA did not classify the substance as “hazardous” but maintains the new rules will ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash, while supporting safe and beneficial uses.
Rep. Pricey Harrison, vice-chair of the N.C. House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, believes the oversight is long overdue. Harrison talks about the dangers of coal ash in North Carolina this weekend on “News & Views” with Chris Fitzsimon.
For a preview of Rep. Harrison’s interview, please click below: