McCrory enthusiastic about fracking, Dalton wary of safety

Posted September 24, 2012

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— As part of an ongoing look at Election 2012 and the issues that define it, WRAL News is examining gubernatorial candidates Pat McCrory and Walter Dalton's stances on education funding, economic policy and gas exploration.

Recently, McCrory and Dalton weighed in on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which involves drilling down and then horizontally to reach long pockets of gas sandwiched between layers of rock. A high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals is then injected into a well to fracture the rock layers and free the gas.

McCrory, a Republican, told WRAL News anchor David Crabtree on Saturday's broadcast of "On the Record" that he is an enthusiastic supporter of offshore and inland gas exploration. In fact, it's at the center of his plan to create jobs.

"There's no reason why NC should be sitting on the sidelines while other states of Democratic and Republican governors are involved in this process – and those states are the ones with the lowest unemployment rate. And they're also participating in our countries energy independence," McCrory said.

He accused his Democratic opponent Dalton, who appeared on "On the Record" the previous week, of being opposed to fracking. Dalton, however, said he supports fracking as long as it can be done safely, but cited a U.S. Geological Survey study that casts doubt on whether that will ever happen in North Carolina.

"It said that if you fracked all you could possibly frack in North Carolina, it would produce six days of national supply," Dalton said. "Now I was a business major at UNC, and that tells me that fracking will never be done in a commercial sense in North Carolina. That is not enough demand to create those jobs, and those jobs are six to eight years out."


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  • tracmister Sep 26, 2012

    Frack away! After all, it only takes one mistake for a multi-million dollar clean up. Just make sure if your a person that votes him in, don't complain when taxes jack through the roof when that mistake is made in the future. After all, you're getting what you asked for.

  • jgilchr Sep 26, 2012

    We should be investing in renewables that can takes out of the oil age (look at what Germany has done with Solar). Fracking in PA:

    Despite regulations waste has been illegally dumped in ND without much accountability. What makes everyone think it will be all problem free in NC? Let us not forget 50% of well casings eventually fail leading to leakage into ground water or pushing other gasses (like methane) into the water table.

  • snshine62d Sep 26, 2012

    I copied this off of wikipedia for those folks that don't think fracking is bad.

    Opponents point to potential environmental impacts, including contamination of ground water, risks to air quality, the migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, surface contamination from spills and flowback and the health effects of these. For these reasons hydraulic fracturing has come under scrutiny internationally, with some countries suspending or even banning it.

  • davidgnews Sep 25, 2012

    " the "intelligence" of the REPUBLICAN candidate for Governor"

    Nothing but air. I feel sorry for him, because 'his time' was really last time against Bev and he should have won then.

    Now is not his time, because he sold out his own moderate principles for his extreme 'backers.' Too bad, and it could end up being just as bad for the state.

  • geosol Sep 25, 2012

    Kinda tells you all you need to know about the "intelligence" of the REPUBLICAN candidate for Governor of our great state if he's enthusiastic about a non-existent and totally economically non-viable energy source for North Carolina that threatens water resources for negligible economic gain. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER AND VOTE AGAINST ALL REPUBLICANS IN EVERY RACE!!!!!

  • wayneboyd Sep 25, 2012

    I would venture to say that cars built by non union workers to run on natural gas would be considerably cheaper than gasoline models.
    As far as BP's accident, who did more damage to the gulf. Katrina or BP. Accidents are always going to happen. You complainers flirt with them everyday. How many of you keep a phone in your ear all the time you're on the road. Come on getting out of bed every day is killing you, everytime you get up you've got one less time to do it. This thing can be done, and safely, and maybe we can stop our kids from buying yachts, and airplanes, mansions and harems for those who rape us over oil prices.

  • davidgnews Sep 25, 2012

    Take a stand Dalton! We can't wait and see if it is safe. Be solidly against it. djofraleigh

    That sure was a disingenuous way of saying you support McCrory.

  • djofraleigh Sep 25, 2012

    I'm against fracking in NC, but I'm wanting a candidate who doesn't perch on the fence. Take a stand Dalton! We can't wait and see if it is safe. Be solidly against it.

  • davidgnews Sep 25, 2012

    McCrory is poised to become a poster boy for crony capitalism. Follow the money.

  • Glass Half Full Sep 25, 2012

    It bothers me that McCrory supports fracking. He states he supports doing it "safely" but I have yet to see fracking done safely. It bothers me to the point of making me think seriously about voting for Dalton. McCrory had me till he aired that commercial.