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Fracking bill's tax provision stirs debate




Wilson Mayor Bruce Rose and other city officials across the state are concerned about a property tax cap included in energy legislation introduced Thursday in the Senate.

The Energy Modernization Act, with several sponsors including Sen. Buck Newton, R-Wilson, was filed in the Senate and expected for review by the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday.

The energy legislation would pave the way for exploratory shale gas drilling by the summer of 2015, Newton said. The bill, which seeks to establish rules, regulations and safety measures, is expected to move through the legislature this year.

"It is certainly intended to pass in the short session,” Newton said.

The bill has raised concern from officials, as well as the N.C. League of Municipalities, which represents North Carolina cities, because it has a restriction that limits annual city or county property tax revenues from increasing more than 8 percent.

"All kinds of things can get proposed, but I just don’t believe they would pass anything like that,” Rose said. "They have been very strong about not having the federal government dictate down to the state, so I surely hope they wouldn’t have Raleigh try to run our cities and towns.

"I’ve been mayor more than 20 years and I can only remember raising property taxes a couple of times. They have plenty of problems to fix in the state government and I encourage everybody to try and support them as they do their job. But they also need to let us do our job for our folks here in Wilson. Most of them serving in Raleigh have probably never even been to Wilson.”

The League of Municipalities posted a recent action alert about the property tax cap and encouraged municipal leaders to contact legislators to express their opposition.

"The proposal was part of legislation entitled the Energy Modernization Act, which deals largely with regulations related to drilling and hydraulic fracturing,” according to the League alert. "This broadly written section would apply to every city in the state, regardless of whether any drilling activities are taking place and would be North Carolina’s first ever statutory restriction on the amount of property tax revenues a municipality could collect.”

Newton said he does not expect the bill to include the property tax cap by the time it reaches the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday.

"I’m not sure that that’s going to stay in it,” Newton said.

The property tax restriction was included in the bill because of concerns that city and county leaders may try to capitalize on increased property tax revenue expected from shale gas development projects, Newton said.

Shale gas projects that include the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has been an economic boost in other areas of the country where revenues, including property taxes, have increased.

Although some cities or counties may not seek to increase their tax revenues, others might, which has brought concern in the legislature about excessive property tax rates, Newton said.

The current version of the bill would limit city and county property tax revenues from increasing more than 8 percent each year. The tax cap seeks to ensure that taxpayers aren’t having to pay excessive tax rates, Newton said.

As the bill moves through the House and Senate, state lawmakers expect shale drilling to create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in new revenue for the state.

The bill includes protections for residents and the environment, including regular water testing and requirements to prevent contamination and N.C. Environment and Natural Resources permitting oversight, according to the bill’s language. Local government will not be able to adopt ordinances that would interfere or prohibit fracking.

The legislation includes involvement from the state Mining and Energy Commission, the Environmental Management Commission and the Commission for Public Health.

Newton said he has been involved in the legislation due to his interest in making sure the bill promotes economic growth while protecting state residents and resources.

"I believe that this is very, very important for our state to get it right and to get into the energy business,” Newton said. "It will pay benefits to the state, maybe, for generations. I very much believe it’s the right thing to do for our state to move forward because we need the jobs and the energy and there’s no reason why we should be buying the energy from Saudi Arabia when it’s under our feet.

"The bill is simply taking care of the many steps that need to be taken in order to do this responsibly.”

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BRUCE ROSE said...

DOES NOT WANT YOUR PROPERTY TAX TO BE CAPPED AT NO MORE THAN AN 8 PERCENT IN CREASE PER YEAR. WHY IN THE NAME OF ALL THAT IS HOLY WHY DO YOU IDIOTS KEEP REELECTING THESE BIG SPENDING IMBECILES. DO YALL LOVE HIGH TAXES AND ELECTRIC BILLS? 8 PERCENT INCREASE IN ONE YEAR MAY NOT BE ENOUGH FOR THESE NUMBSKULLS. YOU MUST ALL BE ABSOLUTE GLUTTONS FOR PUNISHMENT.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM
@ taxes? said...

BS

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM
@To All Those said...

By stating "I have worked in this industry . . ." you disqualify yourself from any give and take discussion of the dangers of fracking. You bring a certain bias to this discussion. Asking your opinion on this matter would be like asking a cigarette company executive in the 1960's if smoking can be bad for your health.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM
Taxes? said...

Let's not forget that the Republicans in the NC Legislature have raised taxes over and over again on the middle class. Small business tax increases. Done! New Taxes on LLCs. Done! Cap Privilege taxes and force an increase in local Property Taxes. Done! Well done Big Government Republicans. You have raised more taxes on the Middle Class in the last year that the last 10 years of Democratic rule. Well Done!

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM
To All Those said...

who comment on here need to educate themselves before posting what they see on a 5 minute news story on MSNBC or ABC show a faucet flaming up. First, the only fracking here in NC will be in Lee and Chatham Counties with a little in the Davie County area. Yes, I know there might be a few areas in surrounding counties but those are the only areas that hold. Second, the geological studies show our formations have deeper target depths putting many many layers of sediment between water supplies and the target. Third, the areas in Pennsylvania and Kentucky are shallow target areas and any alleged contaminationis due to the depths. I have been in this industry and know North Dakota and Pennsylvania and Wyoming very well. It is largely propaganda that is playing on uninformed fears. People need to realize one thing, gravity pulls down and cannot go up. How can fracking at 7,500 feet "leak up" to groundwater at 250 feet? It cant. The drill cylinder is concrete encased metal and works an area less than the size of a man hole. Its amazing how much stuff people on here believe and will take as fact because some one with an agenda put it on tv and said it was so.

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM
Wilsonian said...

Clean drinking water is one of those things you take for granite until you don't have it. Fracking pollutes drinking water. It's been proven. When the cancer rate triples it will be too late. It will be too late for our children too. Any politician who votes to allow this is the lowest kind of person.

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:16 PM @@Apparently........... said...

Please explain to us exactly what "low voter mentality" means. This is not a viable phrase and makes no sense whatsoever. Quite frankly, it sounds like something a third grade student would say to try to make themselves seem smart and grown up.

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:26 PM To NW Pennsylvania said...

Perhaps if you watched the news, you would know about Mrs. Sherry Vargson of Granville Summit, Pa. Both CBS and CNN ran stories, with videos, recently showing Mrs. Vargson turning on her methane-laced kitchen tap water and then lighting it with a match. Pennsylvania state regulators comfirm this as one of the first cases of methane in water due to both natural gas drilling and fracking. If you don't believe me, then do a search on their websites or look up an article entitled "Citizens of Granville, Pa. Can Set Tap Water on Fire." By the way, I'm pretty sure you do not know me, so don't challenge my "voter mentality." I am quite sure I know far more than you about our political system, government, history and economics.

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM @ To @@Apparently said...

Like most Republicans, you apparently don't care about other people, just yourself. So what if there is no shale gas in this area. Don't you care about the health of people in Moore County? What self-indulgence. Go to church Sunday, ask your preacher about how to treat others.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM Fracking Will Eventually Kill said...

Mark my words.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM To @ Apparently said...

Like most who voted this bunch into power in Raleigh, you are terribly misinformed, or ignorant, as the case may be. So you are from NW Pa.? Well, then maybe you should watch the CBS Evening News. A recent report, and video, showed Mrs. Sherry Vargson, of Granville Summit, Pa., turning on her kitchen tap and lighting the methane laced water coming from it. Look it up. Pa. state regulators attribute this to natural gas drilling and fracking in the area. You can also refer to the article "Some Citizens of Granville, Pa. Can Light Their Tap Water." After seeing this, if you are still in denial, then just keep drinking that Republican-profit at any cost Kool-Aid you seem to enjoy. And hope they don't decide to drill in your back yard. Is that enough turkey for you. Does it cure your ignorance?

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:29 PM @ chicken poo. said...

the local weasels weren't concerned about waste from the chicken plant. pretreated waste water is the only discharge that would have come from there and the Kinston plant demonstrates the environmentally safe production facility and no smell like Bruce Foods still does and Smithfield packing used to emit. all that BS was just a smokescreen. chicken farming and the "TYPE"of people the arrogant idiots( powers that be ) thought the plant and farms would bring to the area was what the whole issue was. as long as the people of Wilson dont have any better sense to keep reelecting the same longtime idiots that have driven the city into the ground and voter apathy in local elections stays at less than 10 percent so a few special interest people and alot of money will continue to keep things in wilson as the status quo.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:34 PM @@go buck said...

"Your comment on Dems not running anyone against Bucky Boy are just plain ignorant. The Republican legislature gerrymandered his district in such a way as to insure, and I do mean insure, his re-election". as did the ousted democratic, former majority, when they were in power to the 1st and 12th congressional districts. all the new republican majority did was make those two districts even for guaranteed that black democratic congresspeople would hold onto those seats forever. LOL. what bedevils me is that gerrymandering was an acceptable practice by the democrats and they used it to their advantage to maintain a 140 year stranglehold on state politics. then when the republicans win control of all branches of state government and the U S congressional delegation then suddenly there is democratic outrage at the use of gerrymandering for a political advantage.as long as democrats were in the majority partisan redistricting was ok. 3 years after republicans took over we suddenly need a nonpartisan redistricting panel. we didnt need fairness for 140 years but now we need fairness.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 6:24 PM chicken poo said...

If we felt so strongly about chicken waste from the proposed chicken plant, why are leaders not as concerned about this? Who has the facts and figures on how this is so great for NC (cost benefit analysis)? ""It will pay benefits to the state, maybe, for generations." okay so what is that project and based on what? If we are going to say it, then back it up.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM Citizen said...

It's ironic that the bill's primary sponsors are from areas where the supposed gas isn't located. Doesn't that seem a little strange to anyone else? Also, if anyone else is interested in hearing the debate associated with the bill leading up to its acceptance yesterday, WRAL has posted a video of the session here ( http://www.wral.com/news/state/nccapitol/video/13664083/#/vid13664083 ). It's interesting to see Senator Newton's rebuttal to another senator's specific concerns about not disclosing the fracking chemicals/composition to the public (exchange occurs from 46:00-50:00 in the video). I also found it interesting that for all the debate about 'energy independence,' bandied about by its supporters, WRAL cites a 2012 U.S. Geological Survey "that natural gas reserves in North Carolina would meet the state's demands for less than six years before being exhausted." If this is the case, is 'energy independence' realistic and wouldn't the jobs generated from multi-national corporations extracting the energy be temporary in nature once the gas is fully extracted? Is this really a panacea for the state, as its supporters would have you believe? All in all, this seems like rushed legislation with limited economic benefit and potentially disastrous environmental impact, and I hope the House makes a more considered analysis before pushing the bill forward.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM to @@Apparently said... said...

Just to clarify, The Republicans added more minority voters to Rep. Butterfield's district to make the districts for Elmers and Holding more for favorable. That is why Rep Butterfield's district reaches from the coast to Wake County.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM to @@Apparently said...

There is no shale gas in this part of NC. You low information liberal voters hate being called out. LOL!!!
To@Go Buck!!! I guess GK Butterfield has a straight ungerrymandered district right? Get over it Buck is your state Senator is here to stay. LOL at all of you.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM Done deal said...

Well, it appears our Senator's bill is being fast-tracked through the legislature, yet I look at some of the concerns others have mentioned regarding the bill and feel the same way. I wonder how people (particularly Republicans) feel about the idea of forced pooling, as mentioned in this article on WRAL: http://www.wral.com/senate-hits-gusher-with-quick-approval-of-drilling-bill/13664270/

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 8:39 AM @@Apparently said...

Well then, I suggest you volunteer to allow fracking on your property! I guess everything that has been in the news regarding the issues with fracking in PA is all just a bunch of liberal propaganda. Believe what you like. It's a free country.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:57 PM @ Apparently......... said... said...

You are wrong !! I grew up in NW PA The methane was in our water in the 50's. This is due to the soil content and how it has broken down over millions of years. My dad had 2 wells dug before we got good water. You are just trying to make a political statement. Nice try but no cigar. You are probably a Democrat who just hates Republicans and have never even been to PA. Low voter mentality. Yep pretty sure that is you.If you would like to talk turkey about PA methane in water bring it on.

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM TonyT. said...

Apparently the Senate has, or will pass this bill proposed by Buck Newton. Shame on him, and shame on anyone who voted for him. Lets hope fracking doesn't ever come to Wilson County or any of the counties around us. Blood will be on his hands.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:41 PM @Go Buck!!! said...

Your comment on Dems not running anyone against Bucky Boy are just plain ignorant. The Republican legislature gerrymandered his district in such a way as to insure, and I do mean insure, his re-election. There was no point in anyone, Democrat or Republican, running against this clown. They would have no chance. That is why Bucky Boy feels safe in sponsoring bills (ex. Energy Modernization Act) which line the pockets of his monied backers (Duke Energy, et.al.) and screw the public health of his own constituents. Just keep voting for this supporter of the robber barons, and you will get what you wish for. I don't know how people like you, or Bucky Boy, sleep at night.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:23 PM Apparently......... said...

Bucky Boy Newton and his cohorts have not studied the effects that fracking has had on the drinking water in Pennsylvania. I don't know about other North Carolina citizen's but I personally am not too fond of having methane in my drinking water. Obviously, Bucky Boy will make sure that fracking will only occur in the poorest of our North Carolina counties as he could not care less if those citizens become sick and die. He will make sure he protects those areas of our state where the wealthiest reside. Mark my word!!! He is ALL about his rich friends, Duke Energy and McGuire Woods. These entities represent his political agenda. People, you need to wake up and bombard Bucky Boy's office with notification of your opposition to this horrible process and the consequences it will have on us, our children and generations to come.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM Chuck in Chatham said...

REMEMBER this MAN!! His name says it ALL "BUCK"!!
The ONLY reason he would want this is for his BUCK!!
WHY ELSE!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:45 AM GO BUCK!!!!!!!!!!! said...

Even the Dems like Buck because thy did not even bother to run someone against him. LOL!!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:04 AM Irony said...

If I recall,Mr. Newton is running unopposed this fall. Is it too late for anyone to challenge him, so that he can account for some of his past legislative actions, as well as provide his vision for the future (to be sure it's in line with what the voters want)?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:50 AM After Reading This said...

If you voted for Buck Newton, I hope you are proud.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM said...

Bucky and his band of crooks have made it a felony for anyone to disclose what poison chemicals are being used in the fracking process. Guess who is one of Bucky's biggest contributors.....Duke Energy!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:59 PM To@Just So You Will Know said...

Thanks for providing links to the information I posted earlier. And yes, you are correct in stating "an informed public is the best defense against government." Unfortunately, the vast majority of the public does not really keep up with issues such as fracking. Newton and his ilk depend on the public being uninformed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:50 PM said...

If you raise property taxes then you should re-asses all the tax values post the economic disaster. In this economy reassessment equals lower property values as my home is not worth anywhere near the tax value and that is true with most homes across Wilson, and the U.S. for that matter.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM AB said...

If you want to learn about Fracking go to this web cite and read what is really going on in the state http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/members-information or Google "NC Mining and Energy Commission". Also, read the book "Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril in July 2012 by Dr. Vikram Rao. It is an honest look at the process. He also gave a lecture at Barton last Winter that I attended on Fracking. He said the most disturbing fact about this is how many trucks it will take to service 1 well.
As far as B. Rose he is just and has always been money and power hungry.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:13 AM @ Just So You Will Know said...

Hello again, regarding my earlier request for links/citations, I have already found what I needed. For those who are interested, Senator Newton is indeed one of the primary sponsors of Energy Modernization Act ( http://www.southernstudies.org/2014/05/nc-fracking-bill-orders-prison-time-for-disclosing.html ). What appears to be the actual amended bill can be found here, with Section 7.(a) highlighting the confidentiality of 'trade secrets' that prevents the public from knowing exactly what gets pumped into the ground and imposing the threat of a class I felony for anyone disclosing the information. The text of interest can be found beginning on pp.10-12 ( http://www.ncleg.net/documentsites/committees/BCCI-6576/2013-2014/8%20-%20May%208,%202014/Draft%20Proposed%20Legislation%20(2013-RIxz-23v15).pdf ). Apparently this bill was set to be voted upon at the beginning of the month, but was delayed due to concerns from private industry that certain rules/regulations went too far ( http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/05/02/2866836/fracking-giant-halliburton-nixes.html ). Another article of interest covering some of the other proposed changes can be found here ( http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2014/05/16/proposed-bill-would-provide-secret-fracking-data-to-first-responders/ ). All of this centers around a speculative area called the Triassic Rift Basin that is found primarily just west of Raleigh and stretches southwest ( http://raleighpublicrecord.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/files/2012/04/exposed-north-carolina-triassic-rift-basin.jpg ). What I haven't yet discovered is the proposed depths at which the shale oil deposits could be located (given an earlier commenter's point about the depth having an effect on potential side effects). Apparently much of this is still speculative as there hasn't been extensive drilling/testing yet. Nevertheless, the fact that companies can deny transparency to the public through the notion of 'trade secrets,' combined with the fact that our own Senator is one of the bill's primary sponsors, is troubling. I hope people reading this take some of the information/links provided and springboard further in learning more about the situation and issues/potential outcomes of such legislation. And regardless of how you feel about the subject, don't be afraid to let Senator Newton know what you think. You can reach his legislative office at 919 715 3030 (or email him at Buck.Newton@ncleg.net). An informed public is the best defense against the government, and I hope this offering helps towards that goal.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 5:58 AM @ Just So You Will Know said...

Can you provide citations/links for what you provided regarding the Energy Modernization Act with Mr. Newton as a sponsor in the bill's current form? I would be interested in seeing it for myself.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 4:53 AM To Just So You Know said...

I guess he changed the law single handedly to include class 1 felonies? Glad to know there are class 1 felonies now. It shows how informed these posters and commenters who vote on issues really are. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:32 PM Just So You Will Know said...

Wilson's own Bucky Boy Newton is behind the plans for fracking in our great state. He is a sponsor of the so called Energy Modernization Act, which will make it a class 1 felony for anyone to disclose to the public which chemicals these robber barons are using in our soil. What person in their right mind would want to have this information hidden from the public? Only a state senator who gets big campaign contributions from Duke Energy and McGuire-Woods, the lobbying firm that works for Duke Energy. Do you get the picture now? Buck Newton doesn't care about the rest of us, unless, of course, our name is Duke Energy. If you voted for this clown the first time around, don't make the same mistake again.

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM To --- to: to While we're at it said...

I did. I have been intertwined with Williston, Bakken and Marcellus for longer than I care to have been. As stated the shallow targets can present more problems than deeper targets. Ours here are deep unlike Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Were you in the rigging or operations part in Wyoming. There is fracking in the Niobrara. And yes the money is good and the unemployment rates are low.

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:57 AM I Agree... said...

Please stop voting based on the GOBM (Good Ole Boy Mentality). It's destroying us. The town is crumbling, from the inside out, because the local natives refuse to think outside of their proverbial box. There is a chokehold on the city because of it. Let's get some fresh blood in here, with fresh and innovative ideas for growth.

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM to: to While we're at it said...

I have been in the drilling industry in Wyoming. My job was not actually fracking, but it was part of the process. We did work in North Dakota and yes you can, by all means taste and smell the chemicals in the drinking water. Wherever you obtained your information, maybe you should put that away and go get hands on experience. I loved my job basically because the money was great and I didn't have to live in the towns I worked in. I feel for the people who actually live in these towns because eventually effects of fracking will show. Let's face it though, this is "energy modernization" so they say.

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM so mayor Rose is against capping property taxes at 8 percent a year said...

your property taxes are already increased dramatically by a little process called revaluation every ten years and he thinks 8 percent per year or an extra up to 80 percent in tens years above and beyond the revaluations they do may not be enough to sustain councils pet projects and taking care of their friends, financial backers , family and cronies needs? especially if the goose that lays the golden egg, electricities and NCEMPA assets are sold off. and you imbeciles keep electing and reelecting these idiots. pure gluttons for punishment.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 5:14 PM To Those said...

Who feel that somehow by limiting taxes it hurts everyone else here is what the "ignorant" lawmakers are trying to curtail. The elderly lady or family farmer who happens to own land where natural gas reserves are "suspected" to be located under their land. The farmer or elderly person who does not want to test to see or know anything about it will be taxed out of ownership (a right) because environmentalist and others who does not understand the economy will pass super high taxes and bankrupt the elderly farmer etc. that's what this law is put in to place to prevent. The person who extracts natural gas will PAY taxes and they will be used locally so all you who feel that you have to take from everyone else who have WILL GET YOUR SHARE. The law saves the SMALL individual from being collateral damage of those who do not understand taxation and the economy.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM While we're at it, responding said...

With all respect, you're on an entirely different topic related to fracking, one that's very much still up for debate. My first comment centers around the deliberate lack of transparency that oil companies use in refusing to disclose the composition of the solution used to draw the gas to the surface. If these companies are so gung ho to change the image of fracking, then why aren't they more forthcoming with this information? Do they fear that disclosing this information could come back to haunt them later if traces are found where they aren't supposed to be? I hope people give this issue the time and attention it deserves, as natural resources and the health of our citizens and environment should ultimately supersede energy independence. To your point, if it turns out that fracking does contribute to contaminating groundwater (whether through leaky wells or fracture of the sedimentary layers), then we as people will have to decide which resource we value more: uncontaminated water or gas/energy.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 5:09 AM said...

If we let this fracking thing happen we are all suckers. This does nothing for us - NOTHING. It's only going to pollute our water supply and poison our soil. Any politician who would allow this to be done to North Carolina should be run out of the state!

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:31 PM Wilsonian said...

So if they find shale oil in your county, (and subsequently pollute your county in extracting it) and it causes the value of the property on which the oil is found to go up, the people of the county can't profit from the increase in potential property tax revenue. Nice. We need a change in Raleigh. These people are selfish crooks. btw Part of that increased property tax revenue would have gone to local education, something they happen to hate anyway. Selfish crooks.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM Concerned said...

Once the fracking commences, we might want to tell some of Wilson's smoking residents not to use their water hoses while enjoying a cigarette. They could potentially be wielding flamethrowers.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM To While We're At It said...

I have been on both sides of the fracking issue. I can tell you the propoganda in a lot of the "documentaries" are out and out false on BOTH sides. It falls somewhere in the middle as all issues usually do. Unless the dilling target is within the similar sediementary layer as the groundwater then there is no danger. The documentaries show bad things happening when the fracking occurs within the same layer. If it is not within the same layer then the danger is nil. Like in North Dakota where the target layers are thousands of feet below the groundwater table there is no danger. It makes sense. If there are layer upon layer of rock and sediment between the fracking target and the gorundwater then cross contamination cannot occur. If you drill to 7,000 feet below the water table then there is no danger.
Places like Kentucky have very very very SHALLOW fossil fuel target depths so you see things in documentaries that are very scary to look at and the creators of the documentaries know that and intentionally fail to tell the viewers that the places in KY and PA they are showing flames out of sinks have shallow target depths. In NC the targets are thousands of feet below the ground water tables. It is safe here. The places where it is shallow I would be more concerned. Hope you look in to it and consider this post as reliable.

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 5:13 PM jamatar said...

time to "cap the political pirates"...and Wilson is no exception!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 7:48 AM While we're at it, said...

How about disclosure of the chemicals used in the fracking solution? How this hasn't happened yet (short of big oil lobbyists stonewalling) is beyond me.

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