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Many of you contacted your legislators in recent weeks to let them how concerned you were about the threat of fracking and to ask them vote AGAINST Senate Bill 786. Now’s the time to let them know that you know how they voted, and that you are either very grateful for or very disappointed in their vote and what it says about their support for protecting their constituents instead of industrial polluters!
Here’s a simple alphabetical list of all House and Senate members, with the Counties they represent, their votes on Senate Bill 786 and party affiliation. Each legislator’s name includes a link to their contact info. Call or email them to THANK them for their vote or let them know what you think of their judgment about protecting their constituents’ water, air and land. For those who want to see votes on various amendments, check out this link to Environment NC’s analysis on the Senate and the House.
Thanks for taking action!
Join us today in front of the Hallifax Mall, as we express our outrage on the rushed passage of fracking bill S786, tax legislation, a terrible budget, and many other environmental justice and health issues. We will be calling on Governor McCrory to veto the fracking bill!
You can still call the Governor and tell him to veto S786: 1-800-662-7952.
The fracking bill (S786) passed the first reading in the House on May 28 with a vote 63-52 (see bill updates here). If approved by the House after a final vote, S786 would lift the moratorium on fracking, without requiring the final vote by the legislature on fracking regulations, and allows permitting to start (see News & Observer article). The bill is on the House agenda today (Thurs. May 29) — please contact your House Representative ASAP and urge them to vote “NO” to S786 and not lift the moratorium on fracking! Click here to get your legislators’ contact info.
Take Action today (5/29) by rallying to protect our state from fracking!
Fracking Bill (SB 786) on Senate Floor Today - Contact Your Senator Now!
Thanks to those of you who called your state Senators yesterday about Senate Bill 786! (Here’s the background info we sent out yesterday).
The bill is moving fast, and it’s expected to be on the Senate floor today at 2:00 PM. Yesterday, a dangerous new provision was added to lift the moratorium on fracking and allow permits for drilling to be issued starting in July 2015, with no final vote by the legislature.
Please let your Senator know how you feel about fracking, and its potential impacts in your community. Contact your Senator before 1:30 today if possible and urge them to oppose this outrageous bill!
Click here to get your legislators’ contact information by searching by county or zip code. Thanks!
Filed Thursday afternoon, Senate Bill 786 seems designed to create an appearance of responding to some constituents’ concerns, but runs roughshod over others and is silent on several critical issues! This bill could start to move early next week, so watch for alerts and prepare to weigh in with your Senators soon.
From Fayetteville Observer: N.C. bill tightens some rules for fracking, loosens others
Here’s a summary of what the bill does, so you can prepare to act next week! To find who represents you, click here to use county, zip code or district information.
Key concerns the bill does nothing about:
Last Thursday, the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy met and recommended a draft bill that had been hashed out for months to be introduced for this year’s short session to begin on Wednesday, May 14. A quick review by several allies indicates some good news:
…and some bad news:
It’s no surprise that the draft bill completely avoids dealing with other controversial issues before the November elections: forced pooling, adequacy of bonding and long term contamination.
Mining and Energy Commission to meet May 15, 16 to look at 20 rules packages.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Join us for a night of food, fun and live reggae music! Come on down to Carrboro’s Oasis in Carr Mill to eat delicious local food, dance to live reggae music and celebrate our precious water by discussing how to keep fracking out of North Carolina.
The event is absolutely free, and Oasis in Carr Mill is donating a portion of the night’s sales to the Frack Free NC Alliance. So come out and show your support! The Oasis in Carr Mill is a coffee house by day and a gathering spot for connections, information and inspiration by night.
Co-sponsored for Food & Water Watch to benefit the Frack Free NC Alliance.
On May 8th, Stop the Frack Attack and Americans Against Fracking are asking people around the country to ramp up pressure on EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, and ask her to reopen investigations in Parker County TX, Pavillion WY, and Dimock PA. The EPA shut down its investigations, despite early evidence linking fracking operations to groundwater contamination, after being pressured by the oil and gas industry. Tell McCarthy and the EPA to reopen these investigations in order to protect the health and quality of life in these communities!
Call 888-661-3342 for a prompt on what to say, and then get automatically connected to the EPA
As part of the national call in day, these will be a public event held in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville, at noon on May 8th, with street theater, free food, and mobile “phone booths”, where anyone can call in to the EPA. People will also have the opportunity to call their state legislators and tell them to stop fracking from coming to NC!
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