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General Assembly Adjourns, Rush to Frack Derailed

H74 passes with groundwater, landfills, local government rights

Stop the rush to frack photo

Stop the rush to frack rally, March 2013.

Thanks to all your tireless calls and e-mails, even the strongest legislative supporters of natural gas development in NC admitted that they didn’t want to hurry to push such a controversial provision through in the final moments of session, and they stopped the last-minute attempt to lift the moratorium on fracking in NC by July, 2015!

House members of both parties recognized that doing so would break the promise many of them voted for in Senate Bill 820 last year, the promise that the General Assembly would have a chance to review the final rules and regulations from the Mining and Energy Commission before allowing drilling to start! Read the News and Observer Article.

Still, the legislature has approved other damaging legislation this year. Senate Bill 76 promotes offshore drilling, could increase the pro-fracking bias on the Mining and Energy Commission, and sets inadequate minimum bonding.

House Bill 74 creates a new loophole allowing groundwater contamination all the way to property boundaries, weakens solid waste protections and public participation in landfill siting, merges the Division of Water Quality with the Division of Water Resources while cutting water protection funding, and only allows local environmental ordinances if they are passed unanimously.

There’s still time to call (919-814-2000) or e-mail Governor McCrory and ask him to veto both of these bills (as well as others that damaged voters’ rights and economic/health/social justice!)

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