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Protect neighbors from contamination & landowners from Forced Pooling

ACTION ALERT! The NC House of Representatives is considering two changes to state law that would have a big impact on landowner rights and protection from contamination. Please consider calling or emailing your state Representative today and weighing in.

Oppose House Bill 639: Don’t Let Polluters off the Hook

A very bad bill, HB 639 would let many polluters off the hook AGAIN! Neighboring landowners will be even LESS protected from spread of contaminants, if the state expands its “risk-based remediation program.”

Under HB 639, polluters responsible for past and future contaminated sites could rely on land-use restrictions rather than full cleanup of contamination and prevention of its spread to neighboring properties. H639 would allow contamination to remain on neighbors’ property with the landowner’s consent! The bill would also remove the financial incentive for businesses not to pollute in the first place, as risk-based cleanups could cost even less than spill prevention, and it privatizes cleanups without funding NC DENR to provide adequate oversight. Overall, H639 shifts responsibility for contaminated sites from the polluter to neighbors, future generations, and taxpayers.

Support House Bill 586: Ban Forced Pooling

The 1945 Oil and Gas Law makes “forced pooling” of landowners who don’t wish to lease their land for gas extraction legal in NC, but the law does not say when or how forced pooling can happen! So landowners can’t be sure that their property rights will be protected at all. The NC House of Representatives could begin debating House Bill 586 this week in the House Environment Committee, but only if we urge them to do so! The bill would ban forced pooling in North Carolina and take additional steps to protect landowners from unwanted activity on their property, now that the legislature has lifted the moratorium on fracking permits.

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Forced pooling affects property rights. Photo credit: Martha Girolami

Please contact your Representative by Wednesday noon to ask them to support House Bill 586! You can also ask your own County Commission Chairman to contact Representatives to ask for their support. Remember: this is not a bill to prevent fracking. Instead, when you speak with your Representative, emphasize the importance of this bill to protect landowner rights.

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