Kill the Drilling Bills: North Carolina Says No to Fracking!
Fracking, a form of gas drilling linked to numerous cases of groundwater and well water contamination with methane and chemicals, is currently outlawed in North Carolina, but state legislators passed a bill (SB 709) on June 14 that could pave the way for fracking (and offshore drilling) and we have to act now to tell them we want clean energy, not more dirty drilling.
The latest study on fracking contamination of groundwater recently completed by Duke University scientists found methane levels an average of 17 times higher in wells within a kilometer of fracking sites. The award-winning film GASLAND has also documented many of the hazards associated with this industry. Fracking is exempt from the Clean Air and Water Act and is not currently regulated by the EPA, leaving the public without protection in the face of this dangerous industry.
We must protect North Carolina's residents, landowners, and farmers from this preventable pollution by demanding that our state legislators and Gov. Perdue take fracking off the table.
The map on the right shows the shale basins where oil and gas companies want to drill for methane gas in NC. Approximately 9,000 acres of land has already been leased in Lee County.
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