'Fracking' foes turn to James Taylor to sing out against NC drilling

Posted February 20, 2014

James Taylor

— With the Dan River coal ash spill dominating headlines in North Carolina in recent weeks, opponents of natural gas drilling have turned to singer-songwriter James Taylor to keep their cause in front of people as the state drafts rules for drilling in the coming months.

The 30-second ad sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and featuring Taylor, a Chapel Hill native and longtime NRDC trustee, began airing statewide Thursday.

As his iconic song "Carolina in My Mind" plays in the background, Taylor talks over images of drilling rigs and jars of filthy water, along with headlines about the General Assembly's plans to open the state up to the controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

Gov. Pat McCrory last month listed expanding North Carolina's energy industry among his priorities for 2014.

The state Mining and Energy Commission has been devising regulations for drilling companies in recent months, and public hearings on the proposed rules are expected this summer. Lawmakers will have to approve the final regulations early next year before any permits can be issued.

"Carolina's always in my mind, so please join me, and let's stand up to fracking," Taylor says in the spot.


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  • notexactly Feb 25, 2014

    um nope

    There is plenty of oil, just not enough refineries. big oil has nothing to do with that. that would be you dems and the epa. Bush included refineries in his energy plan and the dems shot it down

  • notexactly Feb 25, 2014

    I will try this again. For some reason when I post some facts that prove the whiners wrong wral wont let them through.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 24, 2014

    The sad part is, even if the majority is against this, these few in control will make sure it happens. Then later after the damage is started, our new elected folks will have to decide if they want to pay for the million or billions in lawsuits to kick the gas companies out. It certainly be best for the future of our children and Grandkids, to stop this before it is railroad down on us. It's not too late. They trying to fast track this because they know they'll lose support in the next election.

  • ALECarolina Feb 24, 2014

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    That's a very good point! There IS an excess of oil on the market........and oil prices are STILL obscenely high......what happened to the $arah Palin "Drill Baby Drill" theory of low oil prices when supply went up?

    ANY of you bleeding heart conservatives have a talking point about THAT?

  • Richard Trantham Feb 24, 2014
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    What an complete waste. Fracking has been proven over and over again to be safe and effective. Even to the point of now being an excess of oil on the market. If you want to do good, help a child learn, clean up the streets of Raleigh and quit hugging trees.

  • ALECarolina Feb 24, 2014

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    Really? Being a native North Carolinian is important?

    We'll ask Pat McCrory, Bob Rucho, Phil Berger, Thom Tillis, and Richard Burr......none of 'em are natives. Or is that DIFFERENT? Right.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 24, 2014
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    I encourage EVERYONE who thinks fracking is OK and harmless and safe to read this:

    If it's so OK for the general public WHY THEN is it not ok for him??? Jobs is one thing but jobs doing something HARMFUL is quite another and personally we can do without those; there are already quite enough of them.......

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 24, 2014

    I'd like to read that article. Please reference it....You will have to go back a few weeks and look under national news, click on more at bottom and scoll through. Or it may of been moved to archives. It's was listed under national news on WRAL main new pages about a week or so ago.

  • SaveEnergyMan Feb 24, 2014

    He's entitled to his opinion like anyone else as informed or uninformed as it may be. People also have the right to stop buying his music if they feel they don't like his message.

    I am personally against fracking right now because energy prices are too low and I am still worried about technology and pollution. Give them a few more years to get the bugs worked out before we get into this. The gas is going no where.

  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 24, 2014

    "Last, there was an article on this very site that states now it's proven that fracking does contaminate the ground water."

    I'd like to read that article. Please reference it.