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Commissions Bill could delay coal ash cleanup!

Legislature to vote on revised Commissions Bill next Tues.

Implications for fracking, coal ash cleanup, water for impacted families:
Email your representative and senator today!

On May 25, the Commissions Bill – a revised version of Senate Bill 71 – passed the NC House with several changes. They included an amendment that we discovered contained 3 bad restrictions that could drastically reduce the number of households near coal ash sites who would qualify for water lines or filtration systems! Now, committed to improving that amendment, bill sponsor Chuck McGrady and a “conference committee” of House and Senate members are working on changes that will be released Monday. We’ll alert you to important changes.

Even if the changes allow most well users near coal ash sites to get safe replacement water, impacted communities still have several concerns with this bill – please contact your representative and senator by email or in their home office to share these concerns!

  • It could allow future downranking of coal ash sites to “low priority,” letting Duke Energy take the cheap and easy route of capping coal ash in place. Capping in place is unacceptable; communities want both a source of safe drinking water AND full cleanup of coal ash.
  • The new Coal Ash Management Commission might not be any more responsive to community needs, yet could cause big delays in the process. Communities have worked too hard to get the coal ash in their areas classified so that it would be cleaned up quickly and in a way that protects all communities, and shouldn’t have to go through additional comment periods when they’ve already told the state what they want!
  • Disagreements between the Governor and the NC General Assembly could tie this up in court, giving Duke Energy even more time to kick the problem of coal ash down the road.
  • This bill also re-establishes the Oil and Gas Commission, which would be at least as heavily tilted towards pro-fracking members as the last one. Also, there’s a provision that tries to overturn the injunction against fracking well permitting that a lawsuit by partner Haw River Assembly got last year!

Contact your representative and senator now. Remember that on the weekend, you should email them or call their LOCAL office. Thanks for taking action!

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