by Jennifer Weaver, Water & Energy Justice Researcher
In recent weeks, CWFNC has been looking into the challenges that North Carolina’s publicly owned water utilities face as they try to maintain the present systems and plan for the future – all while keeping it possible for water customers to pay.
We made contact with town and county managers handling systems that are struggling financially, and, in several cases, have also received water quality violations. We . . . → Read More: Public Water Systems Show Little Appetite for Privatization, Despite Hefty Debts
For immediate release Contact: Hope Taylor, Executive Director, Clean Water for NC 919-401-9600
On May 1st, Clean Water for North Carolina, a statewide environmental justice group that focuses on community empowerment, filed a constitutional challenge to the NC Mining and Energy Commission’s right to overturn local government ordinances by preemption. Such ordinances are created by local governments to protect their communities from the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Residents of three counties (Chatham, Anson . . . → Read More: CWFNC challenges Mining and Energy Commission’s Authority to Overturn Local Ordinances
Asheville and Buncombe County residents stand up for local decisions about the drinking water system
During the last two legislative sessions, North Carolina lawmakers showed an unusual interest in interfering with local government affairs. Among other things, they tried to take away Charlotte’s authority over their own airport, Asheville’s authority over their own water system, and forced Durham to extend water and sewer lines to a private development that was outside of the city’s master . . . → Read More: New Branch of ALEC Seeks to Further Erode Local Authority