Editorial: Legislature missed important opportunity on fracking debate
From the Editorial Board at the Winston-Salem Journal:
Unfortunately, a legislative leadership that has already sped to a decision — one that favors the drilling and that eschews careful consideration — chose not to attend. At the conference, fracking proponents would have been delighted to hear that opponents have made a mountain out of a molehill, or should we say an ocean out of a pond, regarding the water that would be consumed by fracking operations. It sounds enormous — millions of gallons — but putting that number in perspective, it's in line with many industries, such as watering golf courses. Legislators might not have wanted to hear, however, what other scientists reported — that the economic windfall for North Carolina would not be very great.