The problem with fracking

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Recently, the Winston-Salem Journal covered the issue of fracking in Davie County next door to Forsyth County.

Since this area is so far inland from the coast, you might wonder why residents there are opposing testing and drilling. Last month there was $1 million added to areas to be drilled for natural gas under an amendment to the Senate budget, an amendment added by Davie Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie. The governor's proposed budget did not include Davie in the list to be tested. This is a little shale basin west of Farmington in Yadkin County.

With a rise in the number of earthquakes in the area, some wonder if testing might affect the region.

Injection wells may or may not be connected to quakes. The newspaper showed a graph with a rise in quakes in Oklahoma.

An oil and gas well development process that involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into bedrock formations via a well is used to create new fractures in the rock.

Fracking will begin in 2015 in North Carolina after its moratorium. The Tar Heel State has the Deep River Basin.

On July 15, North Carolina announced through its environmental protection agency it will take written public comments on the state's proposed fracking rules through Sept. 15.

There will be three public hearings in August.

There will be a hearing at North Carolina State Aug. 20, at the Wicker Civic Center in Sanford Aug. 22 and Rockingham County High School in Reidsville Aug. 26.

Bo Petersen at The Post and Courier reported recently, “As of 2013, more than 15 million Americans lived within a mile of a well that recently had been fracked.”

Did you know the Sierra Club used to like fracking but not anymore?

The newspaper reported that it took millions from Chesapeake Energy.

Get “Promised Land” starring Matt Damon, and learn about big energy.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said a House bill would let a rig be three miles off shore “in plain sight from the beaches of the Isle of Palms or Hilton Head with no ability of anyone in the state to impact that decision.”

The Coastal Conservation League has gotten into the fight. How about cruise ships in Charleston? The South Carolina State Ports Authority is looking into the passenger cruise ship business in Charleston and the pollution it causes.

The Coastal Conservation League reports that geologic data show there are minimal deposits of oil and gas off the coast, but “the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is currently considering the allowance of exploration activities off the S.C. coast.

“How would it affect South Carolina? In the best case scenario, South Carolina wastes time and resources preparing for an industry that never arrives due to a lack of oil and gas reserves off the coast. In the worst case scenario, South Carolina is exposed to the environmental degradation that accompanies the oil and gas industry. Large spills from storm activity, air and water pollution and negative impacts on quality of life have accompanied this industry in the Gulf of Mexico, and we could expect the same for South Carolina.”

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