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Sen. Bob Rucho (R) has proposed a bill to legalize fracking by mid-2014, but many in the Assembly, including Rep. Mitch Gillespie (R) think the date of legalization shouldn't be set yet. Gillespie will push for his own version of the legislation in the next few days. Apparently, this new version will include "scores of public safeguards and environmental protections."
One thing Murawski's article states quite clearly, though, is that both Rucho and Gillespie "agree that fracking can be done safely here." Our question is--how can they be so sure? The Sierra Club's own Molly Diggins is also quoted in the article expressing this concern, pointing out that "no state has garnered widespread recognition for doing the best job." After all, how could we forget about this?
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Why would fracking in North Carolina be safer than in any other state?
How many jobs would fracking really create?
Even with the supposed "safeguards and environmental protections," why opt for a nonrenewable energy source when the coast of North Carolina is already an ideal location for offshore wind energy?
And don't forget--if you want the opportunity to ask your legislators these questions yourself, the Sierra Club will be hosting a lobby night this Monday at 6:30pm!