By this means I thank N.C. Sen. Jim Davis for recently presenting the Fracking Forum in Macon County to afford his constituents the opportunity to at least attend a meeting where Senate Bill 786, the Energy Modernization Act, was discussed.
The Energy Modernization Act is the overreaching bill that lifts the moratorium on issuing State permits for hydraulic fracturing for gas, or fracking. The law allows companies to start the processes that will lead to fracking with much protection for those who will profit most, little concern for the health and safety of the people who will someday, somehow be impacted, and a callous disregard for the Earth that sustains all of us. Sen. Davis is proud to have been one of the bill's sponsors. His constituents were not heard before the law passed. Now the local governments that more directly represent us are rendered powerless in protecting our land and our lives. Our Franklin Board of Aldermen and our Macon County Commission, as well as all other local government units in the State, are prohibited from passing any ordinances “that in any manner are in conflict or inconsistent with the provisions” of SB786.