WUNC, North Carolina Public Radio, covered the story of the state's environmental agency rejecting federal grants to do baseline water testing in the state's triassic basin area.
From the report:
North Carolina environmental officials have said "no" to a federal grant to check water quality in areas where fracking may occur. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the money from the EPA would only pay for salaries of people brought in to do testing.
Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder says DENR doesn't need them.
"We have other people in the environmental sciences section..whose full-time job it is to go out every day and do measurements like this and try to come up with what's causing the problem," Reeder says.
"It's just good science to do baseline testing up front...and this is exactly the time that our state would benefit from the science and research that these grants are intended to support," says Chicurel-Bayerd.