Environment North Carolina's Liz Kazal held a news conference on Tuesday in the state's Legislative Building to call on decision-makers to protect the state from fracking.
Tuesday was the first day the state began issuing fracking permits, after legislation passed last year, despite hundreds of activists speaking against it in public hearings last summer.
Flanked by concerned legislators, Liz pointed to our report, "Fracking Failures," written by Frontier Group's Jeff Inglis and Environment America's John Rumpler, which outlines an analysis of permit violations in neighboring state Pennsylvania.
“Every Pennsylvania drilling company had violations from 2011 to 2014, and the top 5 had more than 900 violations combined,” said Liz. “Even with regulations in place, there’s no guarantee that companies will play by the rules.“
There have been more than 2,000 documented environmental violations made by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania.
“We’re not talking about misfiled papers,” concluded Liz in our news release. “We’re talking about serious risks for workers, drinking water, and public health. This report shows what North Carolina can expect if we allow fracking to begin. The only way to ensure our health and environment are protected is to keep fracking out of the state entirely.”