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They’re probably clinking glasses this morning over in the Pope Empire over the contents of this Charlotte Observer story. Here’s the lead:

“Hundreds of trees may fall under new billboard law

Charlotte’s largest billboard company has requested permission to clear hundreds of trees along city interstates under a controversial new law opponents say could blight the landscape.”

Read it and weep by clicking here.

 

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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.

Check out this story from CNN about new tremblers in, of all places, eastern Ohio.

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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.

 

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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