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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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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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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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 report released today by Governor Perdue’s Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy found that:
“NC has the largest offshore wind resource on the East Coast;” and,
“The offshore-wind industry may offer significant opportunities for renewable energy generation and for economic development and job creation. North Carolina’s extensive coastline and large offshore-wind resource appear to make it a prime area for offshore-wind development.” (p. 109) - Click here to read the full report.
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In an interview with WRAL on Wednesday Governor Perdue expressed her support of allowing fracking in North Carolina. The statement was unexpected given the fact the state’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has yet to release its report on fracking.
“It’s disappointing that the governor chose to express support for fracking before she has all of the facts,” said Molly Diggins state director of the North Carolina Sierra Club. “There are serious concerns about what fracking could mean for our air and water. The governor should let her own departmental experts complete their study before rushing into a decision with such vast implications.”
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Marcilynn Burke, Acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of the Interior, will be making the opening remarks at the Offshore Wind Forum held at Meredith College tonight. Ms. Burke oversees the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which has jurisdiction over offshore wind development in federal waters. The first lease blocks off North Carolina’s coast may become available this year.
Ms. Burke’s participation signals the viability of offshore wind to play a significant role in North Carolina’s energy future, and the coastal region has plenty of it. Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that North Carolina has the best offshore wind resources of any state on the East coast.
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Today a key energy committee chaired by Senator Bob Rucho (R-Mecklenberg) presented legislation that would legalize fracking in North Carolina.
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As the Department of the Interior holds hearings on offshore drilling in Wilmington, community groups will show strong support for offshore wind. With North Carolina’s strong offshore wind resources and tourism industry, community leaders urge the government agency to abandon the prospects of drilling off the state’s coast and promote clean energy solutions.
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A Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) introduced in the Senate Commerce Committee today made some improvements to the original language of a Senate measure that addresses the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” but still falls far short of what is needed to protect the public interest.
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