“Frack-Free NC” is a network of grassroots organizations who believe that shale gas development using “fracking” and horizontal drilling cannot be done without bringing harm to our waters, land, air, communities and public health. We are working to keep North Carolina frack free. Learn more...
Join us in Pinehurst and Charlotte for “Cautionary Tales from Communities Impacted by Fracking”, co-sponsored by the Frack Free NC Alliance and Stop the Frack Attack. This speaker tour includes community members and grassroots leaders from Pennsylvania, New York, and Iowa. Hear their stories on the fight against natural gas development near their homes, and learn how we can take control to prevent fracking from coming to North Carolina! This event is free & open to the public!
For Pinehurst, contact: Betty Thomas, Save Our Sandhills – email@example.com
For Charlotte, contact: June Blotnick, Clean Air Carolina - firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Gupton, Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, email@example.com
Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth
Jill Wiener, Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy
Robert Nehman, New Albin, Iowa.
Karen Feridun, a grassroots activist from Kutztown, PA, who has successfully helped fight against gas development in her community, who has built strong public support for a proposal for a fracking moratorium in PA.
Jill Wiener, a small business owner turned activist,who has been leading the charge to keep fracking out of New York.
Robert Nehman a father from Iowa whose life was turned upside down after frac sand mining came to his town.
On Saturday, Feb. 8th, thousands gathered to protest various new laws passed by the NC state legislature. Many Frack Free NC Alliance groups marched in solidarity with the NAACP on issues including voting rights, health care, education, and environmental justice. Thanks to everyone who attended the march!
February 11th, 2014 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
On Tues., Jan. 14, the full Mining & Energy Commission met to discuss and take action on the draft chemical disclosure and setback rules. Both rules deal with some of the most controversial aspects of fracking and as a result, there has been a lot of debate at previous MEC meetings.
Fracking requires using a mixture of water and chemicals to break apart shale rock and release natural gas. Unfortunately, those chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, do not have to be disclosed because fracking is exempt from parts of the Safe Drinking Water Act. More and more knowledge is coming to light and over the last few years researchers have studied more than 700 chemicals and found that ~100 of those are endocrine disruption chemicals (EDCs), or chemicals that alter hormones/chemical messengers in our bodies.
The risks imposed by fracking chemicals are far too many and members of the commission should take those risks into consideration and vote for rules that do the most to protect the public by passing full disclosure of fracking chemicals so that they are accessible to emergency responders, health care professionals, and the general public.
Since the NC premier of Gasland 2 with Josh Fox in Durham on October 7, there’s been growing interest in showings of the film across the state! A few copies are available and the Frack Free NC Alliance groups would be glad to work with local groups (church, civic, farm, League of Women Voters, etc) to host community screenings of the film.
How to host a Gasland 2 screening:
Let us know you’re interested! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-401-9600 for screenings in central and eastern NC. Email email@example.com or call 828-251-1291 for western NC.
Arrange a space to hold 50 or more people in your city or town
Help contact local newspapers, radio stations, etc., to help spread the word about the screening
We are especially interested in communities where there have not been fracking related events before, from Elizabeth City to Fayetteville and from Gastonia to Burnsville. Together we can keep North Carolina free from fracking!
December 6th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Visit the “List of the Harmed” The oil and gas industry says that reports of well contamination and other impacts of drilling, fracking, wastewater, air contamination and health effects are exaggerated and undocumented. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air continues to compile the “List of the Harmed” from news reports and contacts across the US. Now including 1,700 reports , each with the names of actual people harmed, their location, the responsible oil and gas operator, and the specific impact, the List also provides web links for further information and media stories.
Do you want to add North Carolina reports to the “List of the Harmed” by allowing development of our state’s shallow, fractured shale formations, in areas where the population density is much higher than most regions where unconventional gas development has occurred? To see who is working on preventing fracking and gas development in NC, and to get involved, visit frackfreenc.org.
Learn more about toxics, fracking, and how you can get involved to protect your community from environmental impacts! The tour will feature Lois Gibbs, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice! Toxic Waste from polluting industry made Lois Gibbs’ Love Canal community of upstate NY uninhabitable. Now communities in NC are being threatened by hydraulic fracturing, which will leave a toxic legacy that we simply can’t afford!
Winston-Salem- Tour kick-off Press conference at 11:00 am, City Hall, 101 N Main St, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101.
Germanton, Stokes County- Community meeting at 7:00 pm, Germanton United Methodist Church, 3615 NC 8 & 65 Hwy, Germanton NC, 27019. Directions: Coming north on Hwy. 8 out of Forsyth you will come into Stokes County very near the Church, which will be on the right. The church is right on the road in the center of Germanton proper, almost across from Germanton Baptist Church.
Sanford, Lee County- Press conference at 11:00 am, Lee County Courthouse , 1408 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC, 27330.
Candlelight vigil and community meeting at 7:00 pm, Cumnock Union United Methodist Church, 851 Cumnock Rd, Sanford, NC ,27330.
November 20: Raleigh- Meeting 12:30-1:30 pm, NC State University,Harrelson Satellite Student Center, room 210. Map of north campus
Pittsboro, Chatham County- Public Forum at Central Carolina Community College Multi-Purpose Room 7:00-9:00 pm, 764 West St, Pittsboro, NC, 27312.
Wadesboro, Anson County- Press conference at 11:00 am -Speaking at New Tech High School, 11:00 am, 118 Ashe St, Wadesboro, NC 28170.Press conference at 1:00 pm, followed by meet and greet at Hampton B. Allen Library, 120 South Greene Street, Wadesboro, NC 28170.
For Tour Information Contact:
Lou Zeller: (336) 982-2691, firstname.lastname@example.org
Beverly Kerr: (336) 376-9060, email@example.com
Kate Dunnagan: (919) 417-4939, firstname.lastname@example.org
Therese Vick: (919) 345-3673, email@example.com
November 13th, 2013 | Category: Updates | Comments are closed
BASELINE WATER TESTING RULE CREATES GIANT LOOPHOLES, FAILS TO PROTECT RESIDENTS’ WATER AND HEATH FROM FRACING, SAY GROUPS
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League ~ Clean Water for North Carolina ~ Environment North Carolina ~ Haw RiverKeeper ~ Pee Dee W.A.L.L ~ RiverGuardian Foundation ~ Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-Triangle
The October 25th NC Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) meeting will include discussion and possible action on three key rules for regulating gas operators seeking to extract natural gas from beneath up to 15 counties in North Carolina. Over two dozen organizations formed the FrackFree NC Alliance in 2012, saying they do not accept it as inevitable that fracking will come to our state. They point to polls earlier this year that indicate public opposition growing to a majority of state residents, and strong support for disclosure of all chemicals used in gas extraction. In closely monitoring the ongoing oil and gas rulemaking process, these groups say the draft rules don’t come close to protecting landowners, public health or the local water supplies that thousands of residents depend on.
The Commission was created by last year’s Senate Bill 820, which also established a moratorium on permitting of fracking and horizontal drilling for gas. That moratorium was further strengthened in the final version of Senate Bill 76 this year, clarifying that the General Assembly would need to vote again to allow the state to start issuing permits, after all regulations and standards are in place, The Friday MEC agenda will also include discussion of rules for closing out gas wells and the highly controversial Chemical Disclosure Rule that the NC Senate tried to take over earlier this year. Continue reading Groups Say Baseline Water Testing Rule Fails to Protect Communities
October 29th, 2013 | Category: Uncategorized | Comments are closed
Gasland II draws an energetic audience at the Carolina Theater of Durham! Photo by Lee Ziesche
Almost 500 folks came to Durham’s Carolina Theatre on Mon. Oct 7 to see Gasland 2 and participate in a lively Q & A with Director Josh Fox. The documentary explores in powerful detail the impacts of fracking and gas development on communities in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming, and the heartbreaking abandonment of investigations and enforcement actions by the US EPA, leaving communities stunned and unprotected.
After the film, Fox answered dozens of questions on topics ranging from oil and gas control of state and federal politics to forced pooling, including strategies for NC.
Thanks to the dozens of volunteers and our wonderful co-hosts, Working Films’ Reel Power. There’ll soon be a copy of Gasland 2 in NC to use for community showings — please let CWFNC or Reel Power know if you’d like to host a screening in the next few months!
October 9th, 2013 | Category: Updates | Comments are closed