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“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...
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April 11: Marc Black Concert

Marc Black

Friday April 11, 7:30-9:30 PM (Doors open at 7 PM) 

Murphey School/Shared Visions Retreat Center
3717 Murphey School Rd, Durham, 27705


Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at the door (refreshments served). 

Get your tickets here! 

Bluesy folk rocker Marc Black is making his way back to North Carolina and we are excited to host him for a concert and party to benefit the work of the Frack Free NC Alliance! Marc is known for his anti-fracking movement anthem “No Fracking Way” and sings about Rachel Maddow, good coffee and just about everything in between… including fracking’s effects in his native New York and Pennsylvania. You can listen to Marc’s music on ReverbNation by clicking here.

View the Facebook page event here

Deep River Fracking Awareness Paddle

Co-sponsored by River Guardian Foundation & Environment NC

Saturday, April 4 at 9:30 AM 

Meet at the Deep River Park at 3485 R. Jordan Road, Gulf, NC Start at McIver Landing and end at Deep River Park

Join us for this Frack Free NC event for a free guided paddling trip on the Deep River to view areas in Chatham/Lee Counties that could be impacted by fracking. A limited number of boats will be provided by Frog Hollow Outdoors, but please bring your own boat, canoe or kayak so we can reserve the available boats for the media and elected officials.

For more info contact George, george@riverguardfdn.org or Liz: liz@environmentnorthcarolina.org

MEC Schedule

Friday, April 4: Rules Committee Meeting

April, 16: Full MEC Meeting – Discuss and complete remaining 8 rules from Rules Committee.

For more, see the MEC page on the DENR website.

March 25 & 27: Cautionary Tales Tour

March 25 (7 PM) - Congregational Church of Pinehurst
895 Linden Rd., Pinehurst, NC – View Flyer – Let us know you’re coming to prepare for refreshments 

March 27 (6:30 PM) Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte
234 N Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC –View more info here

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 –  bbloomersfarm@gmail.com, or (919) 754-7255

For Charlotte, contact: June Blotnick, Clean Air Carolina - june@cleanaircarolina.org or Bill Gupton, Central Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, wmgupton@aol.com

Featured Speakers:

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.

James Taylor: Keep NC Frack Free

Thousands Gather for Moral March on Raleigh

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!

NC Needs No Nonsense Chemical Disclosure Rules

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.

edc_hazard_pic_0Fracking 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.

A recent study published in the journal of Endocrinology (view full research text) in December, 2013, found elevated levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River and in water wells close to fracking sites. Exposure to EDCs can cause may cause birth defects, cancerous tumor and other disorders that affect normal development, thus, babies and children are especially vulnerable.

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.

You can be part of the regulatory process by attending the MEC meetings in person (details below) or by streaming the meeting online starting 9 AM. For more information about the MEC visit their homepage on the NC DENR website.

Archdale Building Ground Floor Hearing Room (512 N Salisbury St, Raleigh)
Click here to see full agenda.

Host a Community Screening of Gasland 2

Gasland 2 - logoSince 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 hope@cwfnc.org or call 919-401-9600 for screenings in central and eastern NC. Email sally@cwfnc.org 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!

Who’s Been Hurt By Fracking and Gas Development? Visit the “List of the Harmed”

Visit the “List of the Harmed
Ruggiero-DrillRig-KitchenWindow-Aruba-Texas-400x300The 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.

No Toxic Trespass! No Fracking Way! Tour

No Fracking Tour Sponsored by Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Cumnock Preservation Association, No Fracking in Stokes and Pee Dee WALL

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!

Details below or see a PDF Flyer!

November 18

  • 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.

November 19

  • 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

  • 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.

November 21

  • 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, bredl@skybest.com
Beverly Kerr: (336) 376-9060, beverlykerr@triad.rr.com
Kate Dunnagan: (919) 417-4939, katedunnagan@gmail.com
Therese Vick: (919) 345-3673, therese.vick@gmail.com