Editorial - Raleigh News & Observer - The news on fracking just keeps getting worse. As Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly rush to open the state to energy companies eager to mine natural gas reserves believed trapped in shale rock formations deep underground, they seem to be stumbling into reality a little at a time.
Fracking is the procedure used to extract that gas, and basically it means pumping in huge amounts of water and chemicals to smash that shale. But the wastewater from the process has to go somewhere, and now it turns out that somewhere might include North Carolina’s precious and fragile coastal counties. Potentially jeopardizing the state’s most valued natural resource and the bedrock, so to speak, of the tourism industry is foolhardy.