The Environmental Impact of Fracking in North Carolina

Four months after a massive coal ash spill devastated the Dan River, and before the state has remedied its coal ash problem, North Carolina is poised to open a new can of worms.

On June 4, 2014, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act, lifting a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the state.

Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for gas drilling by a method called fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring.

“The expansion of our energy sector will not come at a cost to our precious environment. This legislation has the safeguards to protect the high quality of life we cherish,” he said.

The environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing of shale in North Carolina includes the potential contamination of ground water, risks to air quality, migration of gases and chemicals to the surface, excessive amounts of water used for fracking, and the disposal of fracking waste. What Could Fracking Mean for North Carolina? It could mean an environmental disaster! Fracking uses high volumes of water, and contamination can occur through a variety of mechanisms. Fracking fluids are a mixture of highly toxic “trade secret” chemicals, using large volumes of water to inject those chemicals underground. Surface spills, storm and waste-water management, storage and leakages are of major environmental concern. Read Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating Fact From Fiction. Learn More at

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“Fracking would threaten our waters, from the Dan River to the Cape Fear, and the drinking water for more than 2 million North Carolinians,” said Elizabeth Ouzts, state director for Environment North Carolina. “This bill puts fracking on the fast track and our rivers in jeopardy.”


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