This week, Environment North Carolina, along with hundreds of North Carolina residents will have the opportunity to voice their concerns about fracking and weigh in on the 100+ new proposed safety rules at four hearings around the state this week, hosted by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission. These hearings come as the state's 3-year moratorium on fracking is set to expire next year, and a public comment period on the proposed regulations comes to a close in mid-September.
Gov. Pat McCrory lifted the ban on fracking in North Carolina just earlier this summer, and the proposed rules are hardly adequate to protect public health and our environment from the vast threats that fracking poses. Among their inadequacies, the proposed regulations don't address air pollution from fracking, and would allow toxic wastewater to be stored in pits, a waste disposal method that's proved hazardous for coal ash. The public hearings will kick off Wednesday in Raleigh, where Environment North Carolina, along with other state environmental organizations that oppose fracking, will be holding a rally to show public support for maintaining the moratorium on fracking and organize people to testify at the hearings about the inadequacies of the Mining and Energy Commission's proposal.