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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.
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No Veto for Three Anti-Environmental Bills

While allowing the Sea Level Rise bill to become law without her signature, Governor Perdue signed two other pernicious bills into law. Senate Bill 229 is a bill full of loopholes and benefits to polluters, including exempting certain facilities from water quality permits and weakening critical buffer rules along the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins.
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Statement from the NC Sierra Club on the Legacy of Rep. Joe Hackney

Rep. Hackney is a stalwart friend of North Carolina’s environment. In his many roles - including Speaker of the North Carolina House, Speaker Pro Tempore, Majority Leader, and Minority Leader - Rep. Hackney has consistently stood on the side of protecting North Carolina’s water, air, and communities.
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Offshore Wind Forum Opens Dialogue for Clean Coastal Energy

Carteret Community College will be the third educational institution in the state to host a community forum addressing the potential for offshore wind development in North Carolina. Other forums have been held at UNC Wilmington and UNC Chapel-Hill. Investment in offshore wind will generate local, renewable energy and create jobs.
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National Report Shows NC Not Ready to Regulate Fracking

The report issued today by the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER) shows that the North Carolina lacks the formal standards and technical criteria needed to regulate fracking.
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The Associated Press quoted Will Morgan of the Sierra Club on the Fracking Vote of S820.

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