RALEIGH, NC – 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.”
Although a draft of DENR’s report is expected in the coming days, the public has not had a chance to weigh in on its findings. Two public hearings are planned in the coming weeks, one in Sanford and one in Chapel Hill. Hundreds of citizens are expected to turn out.