30 Sep '13, 6pm

North Carolina rejects federal funds for fracking studies

North Carolina rejects federal funds for fracking studies

Shutterstock North Carolina is begging for some fracking. North Carolina’s water department doesn’t know if fracking will poison drinking water or despoil wetlands — and that’s just how department leaders like it. We told you recently that the state is pushing to allow oil and gas companies to use hydraulic fracturing without property owners’ permission. It’s part of a Republican-led push to hurry-the-fuck-up-already on fracking, environmental and health concerns be damned. Now comes news that Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration has turned down a pair of EPA grants that would have paid for monitoring of water quality and wetlands as the much-ballyhooed fracking bonanza gets underway. Because, um, well, they say it’s because the fracking boom isn’t happening quickly enough to justify any pre-fracking baseline environmental monitoring. The state wetlands program’s d...

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