Fracking & Fracked Gas Pipelines
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a method of extracting natural gas that involves blasting underground rock thousands of feet into the ground with a cocktail of sand, water and chemicals.
Why now in NC? Vast underground reserves called shale basins were long thought impractical to drilling because of their depth. However, “fracking” would allow NC reserves to be processed.
Why should YOU be concerned?
Documented health risks (6 states with 1000 instances of groundwater contamination).
Large amounts of fresh water used and large amounts of wastewater generated with limited disposal options.
Inadequately regulated (2005 federal loophole exempting fracking from environmental regulation); spills, regulatory penalties, and litigation linked to fracturing operations have been reported in several states.
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline
The ACP was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in October, 2017, ignoring extensive studies on lack of need for the pipeline and major impact.
While the pipeline builders voluntarily stopped construction after losing 7 key federal and state permits, It’s important to continue to build public resistance to the pipeline to protect landowners, water, safety of nearby residents and environmental justice.
At least half the counties along the proposed route in NC have Native American populations above the state average of 1.2%; for example, the Native American population in Robeson County is 38%. In Prospect, Robeson County (the proposed terminus of the pipeline), the Native American population is 96.2%.
Seven of the eight NC counties along the ACP have higher percentages of poverty than the state average, and a higher percentage of African-American residents than the state average. ACP builders offered high tax revenues to Northampton County, with nearly 60% African American residents, to get them to accept a large compressor station.
The proposed route of the ACP is as close as 100 ft. from homes in these dense Native American and African-American communities, and will plow through wetlands, rivers, and sacred burial sites. It will take land that’s been in families for generations, and will disrupt or destroy farms that families depend on for food and income. ACP builders were not required to have a Tribal Consultation with any of the tribes along the ACP route to notify them about the pipeline--none have been granted full federal recognition.