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  • Banned4Life Nov 2, 5:05 p.m.

    Gotta love it. Our right wing legislature, in an attempt to keep government smaller, increased the size of government in a bid to make certain that fracking goes according to big oil's plan. So not only has the size of government INCREASED while Republicans have been in charge, the "departments" they've created are not even necessary. It's simply a way to insulate themselves from the foregone conclusion of "drill it anywhere you want, baybee!" So, we've added the attempt at voter ID, which will cost all of us taxpayers a LOT of money, reinstated a defunct department and filled it with the cronies of the elected officials to do their bidding, and all of the other typical junk that gets done in the name of "conservatism". Funny how, over the past 10 administrations, the ONLY time Government has been increased has been during Republican leadership. Oh, and that DEBT? Republicans again. 2 unfunded wars, unfunded prescription drug MANDATES that affect us all, tax breaks for the weal

  • Luvthesky Nov 2, 4:28 p.m.

    The "Sanfordites" pushing the Fracking in NC are after personal financial gain only. Many of them are either running for a political position now or are currently serving. This has been in the works for a long time...the deck has been stacked against us. Cronyism stinks in Lee County!!

  • nomorethanthat Nov 2, 3:32 p.m.

    Don't expect jobs involved in fracking. Actual drilling will be done by gypsy crews that go from one site to another. Drillers want experienced people and if any jobs come about it will be for truck drivers that will be making a horrendous number of trips to and from sites.

  • jgilchr Nov 2, 3:21 p.m.

    What could possible go wrong? ;)
    Womack as panel chairman is a joke and a conflict of interest. It didn't take very long for the cronyism to already begin with fracking. When the stuff hits the fan I can't wait to see the kinds of coverups and corruption it will breed. Everyone who voted for this at the NCGA needs to be held accountable when the ecological disaster comes.

  • rlsmith5 Nov 2, 3:06 p.m.

    We don't need fracking in NC. Thom Tillis, Jim Womack and Mike Stone will give off enough of there on natural gas to supply the whole country. Yes it does smell.

  • NotAgain Nov 2, 2:59 p.m.

    Drill baby drill. Clean water is overrated. We humans were born to suffer.

  • IHeartThe1Percent Nov 2, 2:47 p.m.

    Drill Baby Drill!

  • heels21 Nov 2, 2:45 p.m.

    Sounds like typical politics going on here. Good sign that true "change" is nowhere in sight for America.

  • don23 Nov 2, 2:45 p.m.

    As a resident of Lee county and a conservative republican, I'm against fracking in Lee co at this stage. What I would like to see from these meetings are both sides put together a comprehensive list of the PROS and CONS. Double check the facts and then publish this report. This to me makes the most common sense.

  • WASP Nov 2, 2:27 p.m.

    Who needs clean water as long as there is quick money to be made.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 2, 2:14 p.m.

    I would much rather see them pursuing oil. The price of natural gas is depressed. But perhaps there is no oil to be found. This fracking would be much less concerning if they simply could use high pressure water with no chemicals mixed in.

    "The group elected George Howard as vice chairman after deadlocking last month on a choice between Howard, president of Restoration Systems, which restores wetlands and sells "mitigation credits" to companies doing construction elsewhere, and Raleigh attorney Charlotte Mitchell."

    I find this term mitigation credits amusing. Just another government extortion scheme much like the carbon credits. Either it is NOT okay to do something or it is OKAY. It should not take what are effectively bribes to make it okay.

  • peterpepper Nov 2, 10:57 a.m.

    this meeting is streaming live now.

    https://denr.ncgovconnect.com/meccm11022012/

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