Raleigh, N.C. — Clean Water for North Carolina has begun airing a radio ad accusing Republican lawmakers of going back on promises to oversee gas drilling practices known as "fracking."
The ad, which is running in districts held by Rep. Mike Stone, R-Lee, and Jamie Boles, R-Moore, is aimed at slowing down Senate Bill 76. The measure would allow drilling to go forward in 2014, removing a legislative road block. That block had been put in place during the last legislative session to ensure that environmental rules met with the approval of lawmakers.
"Now, some legislators want to go back on their promises and fast-track fracking," says a female voice. The commercial also suggests that drillers would be able to "dump toxic waste" that could pose a problem for well water.
"You mean they could poison our well?" asks a male voice.
The commercial urges listeners to call their lawmakers to oppose the bill.