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  • Proposed wastewater disposal lacks critical safeguards
  • Fracking generates huge quantities of wastewater, containing known and suspected carcinogens. The proposed rules lack critical safeguards to protect public health and the environment.Fracking Fact Sheet – Wastewater

  • Spills happen.
  • Spills occur during the injection of fracking fluids, as well as during their capture, transportation and disposal. It’s important to plan ahead for spills to mitigate their impact. The proposed rules do not adequately address the real threat of spills. Fracking Fact Sheet – Spills

  • Fracking generates tons of contaminated water, which will be stored in open pits
  • Fracking generates millions of gallons of wastewater that includes carcinogens, toxins and other contaminants. The proposed rules allow for storage in open pits prior to transport to treatment facilities. These open pits have been problematic in other states. Fracking Fact Sheet – Open Pits

  • The MEC’s proposed rules will not prevent soil & water contamination
  • Fracking industrializes the landscape and can cause long-term contamination. Fracking Fact Sheet – Long Term Contamination

  • Fracking fluid contains large volumes of harmful chemicals
  • Fracking fluid contains many chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens. Citizens deserve to know what’s being injected into the ground below their water supplies. Fracking Fact Sheet – Chemical Disclosure

  • Baseline testing of water supplies
  • Fracking has the potential to adversely impact groundwater. North Carolina should ensure the permittees collect extensive baseline data on drinking water quality. Fracking Fact Sheet – Baseline Testing_REV

  • Toxic air emissions from fracking threaten public health and the environment
  • Toxic air emissions from fracking operations are a major threat to public health and the environment, but state regulators and the proposed package of rules fail to take the most basic actions to address air pollution. Fracking Fact Sheet – Air Emissions

  • TWO WESTERN NC STATE REPS’ VOTES POSE THREAT TO CLEAN AIR AND WATER, SAYS ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN
  • North Carolina Environmental Partnership Launches New TV Ads Spotlighting Western North

    Carolina State Representatives Tim Moffitt and Michelle Presnell for Fracking Votes.

    ASHEVILLE, NC (June 24, 2014) – The North Carolina Environmental Partnership announced today

    that two Western North Carolina State Representatives – Reps. Tim Moffitt (Asheville) and Michelle

    Presnell (Burnsville) – are being held accountable for their support of new laws to rush fracking into North

    Carolina.

    The coalition of groups represented by the North Carolina Environmental Partnership that has been

    waging an aggressive campaign to raise public awareness about state senators who vote against clean

    water safeguards is now expanding its reach to the NC House of Representatives. The campaign has

    featured massive television ad buys and direct mail focusing on a handful of senators – Chad Barefoot,

    Wesley Meredith, Ronald Rabin and Trudy Wade – primarily for their efforts to fast-track the rule-making

    process and lift the statewide moratorium on fracking. Now the so-called “Fracking Crew” will feature

    Reps Moffit and Presnell, who represent an area where some fracking may be considered.

    In addition to the House Members from Western North Carolina, NC Environmental Partnership will begin

    airing additional TV spots this week looking at the recent anti-environmental votes of lawmakers from The

    Sandhills area of North Carolina, Reps. Mike Stone (Sanford) and Jamie Boles (Southern Pines).

    Luis Martinez, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Asheville, said:

    “Our campaign holds accountable legislators who put polluters before public health and the

    environment. More people now know that fracking threatens drinking water and that chemicals

    used in fracking cause cancer. And our polling shows that the majority of North Carolinians

    oppose the rush to frack without proper safeguards in place.”

    Mary Maclean Asbill, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center and N.C. Environmental

    Partnership representative, said: “These House representatives’ votes are out of sync with their

    constituency, and out of sync with the views of most North Carolinians, who value clean air and

    clean water above the bottom line of the fracking industry. The NC Environmental Partnership

    was formed to hold elected officials accountable for helping polluters instead of NC families.

    Representatives Presnell and Moffitt voted to fast-track fracking, and their constituents who have

    legitimate concerns about this reckless form of drilling deserve to know that their representatives

    are leading the charge on this.”

    RESOURCES

    Link to the new television ads highlighting State Representatives Moffit and Presnell at the N.C.

    Environmental Partnership website at: http://northcarolinaenvironmentalpartnership.org/media/.

    Link to more information, including detailed survey information on fracking in North Carolina here: http://

    northcarolinaenvironmentalpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/NCEP-Fracking-Memo.pdf.

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    ABOUT THE GROUPS

    The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect

    the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia,

    and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC’s team of nearly 60 legal and policy experts represent more than

    100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and

    wetlands, transportation, and land use.www.SouthernEnvironment.org

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization

    with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other

    environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the

    environment. In addition to its Asheville, N.C. office, NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington,

    D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and

    follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

    CONTACT: Patrick Mitchell for North Carolina Environmental Partnership at (703) 276-3266 or

    pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com.

  • TWO SANDHILLS STATE REPS’ VOTES POSE THREAT TO CLEAN AIR AND WATER, SAYS ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN
  • North Carolina Environmental Partnership Launches New TV Ads Spotlighting North Carolina

    State Representatives Mike Stone (Sanford) and Jamie Boles (Southern Pines) for Fracking Votes.

    RALEIGH (June 24, 2014) – The North Carolina Environmental Partnership announced today that two

    Sandhills area State Representatives – Reps. Mike Stone and Jamie Boles – are being held accountable

    for their support of new laws to bring fracking to North Carolina.

    The coalition of groups represented by the North Carolina Environmental Partnership that has been

    waging an aggressive campaign to raise public awareness about state senators who vote against clean

    water safeguards is now expanding its reach to the NC House of Representatives. The campaign has

    featured massive television ad buys and direct mail focusing on a handful of senators – Chad Barefoot,

    Wesley Meredith, Ronald Rabin and Trudy Wade – primarily for their efforts to fast-track the rule-making

    process and lift the statewide moratorium on fracking. Now the so-called “Fracking Crew” will feature

    Reps Stone and Boles, who represent this area that is ground zero for this harmful process.

    In addition to the House Members from Sandhills, NC Environmental Partnership will begin airing

    additional TV spots this week looking at the recent anti-environmental votes of lawmakers from western

    North Carolina, Reps. Tim Moffitt and Michelle Presnell.

    Mary Maclean Asbill, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center and N.C. Environmental

    Partnership representative, said: “These House representatives’ votes are out of sync with their

    constituency, and out of sync with the views of most North Carolinians, who value clean air and

    clean water above the bottom line of the fracking industry. The NC Environmental Partnership

    was formed to hold elected officials accountable for helping polluters instead of NC families.

    Representatives Stone and Boles voted to fast-track fracking, and their constituents who have

    legitimate concerns about this reckless form of drilling deserve to know that their representatives

    are leading the charge on this.”

    Luis Martinez, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Asheville, said:

    “Our campaign holds accountable legislators who put polluters before public health and the

    environment. More people now know that fracking threatens drinking water and that chemicals

    used in fracking cause cancer. And our polling shows that the majority of North Carolinians

    oppose the rush to frack without proper safeguards in place.”

    RESOURCES

    Link to the new television ads highlighting State Representatives Stone and Boles at the N.C.

    Environmental Partnership website at: http://northcarolinaenvironmentalpartnership.org/media/.

    Link to more information, including detailed survey information on fracking in North Carolina here: http://

    northcarolinaenvironmentalpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/NCEP-Fracking-Memo.pdf.

    ###

    ABOUT THE GROUPS

    The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional nonprofit using the power of the law to protect

    the health and environment of the Southeast (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, Georgia,

    and Alabama). Founded in 1986, SELC’s team of nearly 60 legal and policy experts represent more than

    100 partner groups on issues of climate change and energy, air and water quality, forests, the coast and

    wetlands, transportation, and land use.www.SouthernEnvironment.org

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization

    with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other

    environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the

    environment. In addition to its Asheville, N.C. office, NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington,

    D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and

    follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

    CONTACT: Patrick Mitchell for North Carolina Environmental Partnership at (703) 276-3266 or

    pmitchell@hastingsgroup.com.


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