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Governor, General Assembly Make Last-Minute Push to Fast-Track Fracking!

Call and E-mail NOW – ask Governor, Senators, Reps., to OPPOSE S127 & H74

After Senate Bill 76 passed this week without lifting the moratorium on fracking, members of the General Assembly have inserted the “fast-track” fracking language into Senate Bill 127 (Conference Substitute) to try to sneak it through under the public’s nose! The new language would allow fracking permits to be issued starting July 1, 2015, as long as the Mining and Energy Commission has finalized their rule making process. The General Assembly would not get another chance to review the regulations before permits could be issued, breaking the promise of Senate Bill 820 last year!

Thanks to all your calls and emails, the newest version of House Bill 74 removes the section setting up one of the weakest chemical disclosure rules in the nation for NC! However, it is still a very damaging bill! Earlier language on preemption of local environmental ordinances – stronger than state or federal laws – are back in the form of a study by the Environmental Review Commission (to be reported back to the legislature in 2014). H74 still creates a “loophole” for groundwater polluters by moving the compliance boundary for groundwater pollution to the polluter’s property line.

These bills are both on the Senate calendar at 11 a.m. today, and will move fast as session wraps up by late Friday night, so please call your Senator and Representative NOW and ask them to oppose S127, H74 and any other bills with language to fast-track fracking and break the promises of S820! Then, call Governor McCrory and ask him to veto these bills and protect NC’s residents!

 

 

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