Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:47 PM
I'm betting that you, Mr. Tapster, are not an advocate of fracking in any way, shape or form. So, I doubt that ANY amount of "rigorous framework of expectations, requirements, controls and penalties" that would be set forth would be enough for you or those that stand on your side on this issue.
The coal ash spill into the Dan River at the Eden Duke Power facility was absolutely horrible. No one questions that. The problems that caused this didn't come about only after McCrory became governor or only after the republicans became the majority party in the legislature. These problems came from a severe lack of oversight through many, many past years and from a lack of proper inspection and oversight in the way that the coal ash basins were built and maintained.
I think that because of these problems, fracking in North Carolina will be successful and there will be a great deal of effort in making sure the concerns that have come out of other fracking sites around our country will be watched out for and solved up front. Then, I believe that a tremendous amount of oversight and inspections will come with it.
This is a win/win for our state and just like oil exploration and gas exploration in the past through other means, concerns must be addressed but we can't afford to just ignore the positives that will come from it or to kow tow to a particular group that is against ANY petroleum exploration or expansion so as to push alternative energy sources that have so far not shown to be viable on a large scale.