At least 550 individuals gathered for a state hearing on Friday in Cullowhee, NC, for a debate on proposed fracking rules. However, 90 minutes into the session, not a single positive word has been said about the technique.
Nearly every speaker was of opinion that fracking, also called hydraulic fracturing, would significantly damage the environment in Western North Carolina and that regulations put forward by the state Mining and Energy Commission weren’t sufficient to prevent it.
“Almost everyone in Clay County gets their water from wells so this has become a major concern,” Hayesville Mayor Harry Baughn, according to the Citizen-Times. “If it’s a safe process there shouldn’t be any problem about you making the regulations as strict as possible,” he said.
However, the participants said that if the state decides to go ahead with fracking for natural gas, it must increase the minimum distance between residential areas and fracking well. It must also inform residents of the chemicals used to mix water, sand and chemicals that are pumped deep into the underground shale rocks.
The state must also demand that more water testing be conducted as well as heightened supervision of fracking operations.
In a separate report, the South Downs National Park Authority rejected an application by Celtique Energie to carry out exploratory drilling for shale oil in the South Downs National Park. Celtique wanted to drill in the park near Fernhurst, West Sussex.
The park authority had ruled that there existed no exceptional circumstances to warrant drilling in Fernhust as advised by its planning officials. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at firstname.lastname@example.org