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Security plan set, Sanford drilling hearing to go on as planned

Posted August 22, 2014

— A public hearing on proposed gas drilling regulations will be held as planned Friday evening in Sanford after concerns about security were addressed, officials said.

The 5 p.m. meeting is the second of four public hearings by the state Mining and Energy Commission to collect comments on rules the panel has adopted for drilling, including the controversial hydraulic fracturing process. Nearly 400 people attended a hearing in Raleigh on Wednesday, many to speak in opposition to drilling.

Commission Chairman Jim Womack, who also is a Lee County commissioner, said Friday morning that the meeting would be canceled if a security plan wasn't in place to keep the peace between drilling supporters and opponents. A spokesman for the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said early Friday afternoon that a plan was set.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law this summer clearing the way for permits to be issued as early as next spring for the drilling method, known as "fracking," that involves injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals to break apart underground shale so oil and gas can escape.

Scientists believe Lee County is a prime locale for natural gas because of the abundance of shale in the region.


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  • pinehorse Aug 22, 2014

    An independent study by an unknown gas company revealed that fracking is a great way to add many more of the elements on the periodic chart to everyone's well water. More is always better, right?

  • ianeyre Aug 22, 2014

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    I'm a moderate liberal and I don't think I've ever expressed my opinion as well as you just did for me...

    Unfortunately, our government seems less and less inclined to listen to reasonable people these days...

  • Bobby Medlin Aug 22, 2014
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    It seems that most people are against fracking but it still seems they are not being heard.

  • Wheelman Aug 22, 2014

    I'm a pretty conservative libertarian type person who mostly believes in everybody minding their own business. I don't honestly know if fracking is bad or not. But I didn't fall off the turnip truck last week either. Anyone who tells me they want to pump the ground full of water with sand and chemicals in it, but they don't want me to know what the chemicals are is not someone I would trust. If you can't tell me what's in it, then the answer is NO! You tell me what's in it, and then I'll find someone smarter than me, (with no dog in the fight) to tell me if it's a problem. That would be sort of like the IRS calling me up to tell me they wanted to help me with my finances. I'd be passing on that offer too.

  • Scott Mace Aug 22, 2014
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    So, let's do some math... estimate "as high as" 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in NC, so that is about 2 billion BTUs (what it is traded as on the NY Mercantile market), currently trading at $3.86 / BTU. So, that's about $7.72 billion. Sounds like a lot?

    NOT ALL OF THAT IS PROFIT. Sure, some will be spent locally, but the "tech" jobs will be farmed out to out of state workers, and the equipment will come from out of state as well. There will be massive amounts of water required, massive amounts of dirty water to store, and massive wear/tear on the highways. Oh, and the very good chance of basically permanent water table contamination.

    All of this, for the low low GROSS revenue of ONE THIRD of our state budget for ONE YEAR.

  • Chad Hines Aug 22, 2014
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    You guys are reading biased reports funded by gas companies. Use your head. Its a crime to disclose chemicals used? Hmmm what is your recourse if your well is poisoned?

  • Bobby Medlin Aug 22, 2014
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    These meeting don't matter the politicians have already decided. The have already cashed the checks, and green lit fracking in NC.

  • Forthe Newssite Aug 22, 2014
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    security....what are they afraid of? a public that has been lied to and taken advantage of and basically hoodwinked in this fracking fiasco. I'd just be happy if they had to do nothing but DRINK the water and bathe in it if it's so darn safe!

    "People are generally uniformed and believe whatever the media tells them..."

    oh arf, you just WISH the public was uninformed then they'd believe your drivel

  • Earth Brooks Aug 22, 2014

    Could government oversteps like this be part of the reason the founding fathers created the 2nd amendment?

  • Grand Union Aug 22, 2014

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    Notice that the meeting in Raleigh was held during the day to reduce attendance?
    And now they are thinking of cancelling another because of "security"?? Clearly they are becoming aware that very few in NC want anything to do with Fracking.