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North Carolina fracking commissioners to ease state rules

By Bob Downing Published: October 1, 2013

North Carolina’s fracking commissioners said last Friday that fracking is so inherently safe that they will recommend relaxing the standard by which operators will have to test local well water before they begin drilling for natural gas.

The state’s current testing standard, the strictest in the nation, is designed to give residents a legal remedy against the threat of chemical contamination of wells and aquifers from natural gas drilling.

Members of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission said during a meeting Friday that there is no need for the law to be so strict because the hypothetical accident the law seeks to protect against – chemicals leeching deep underground – couldn’t happen in the first place.

Commissioners delivered some of their most forceful statements to date in defense of fracking since the panel began meeting a year ago to write North Carolina’s safety rules for natural gas exploration.

Click  here  to read the full story from the Charlotte Observer.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/09/27/4347639/nc-fracking-commissioners-vow.html#storylink=cpy
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