Let’s be crystal clear. Fracking – the extraction of natural gas and oil by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing – which Senator Davis and Rep. West so swiftly helped authorize in North Carolina’s SB 786 last week, is not in the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina.
That act, which has now been signed into law by Gov. McCrory, is not about energy independence; why then would that same law empower a site study on North Carolina’s coast for a terminal to export that liquid natural gas? Nor is it about jobs; based on the experience of the 21 other states which allow fracking, work created by that industry would be relatively short term and low paying, the better jobs being brought in from the big oil and gas companies.