Fracking in North Carolina

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Fracking in North Carolina

By | September 2013
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Fracking has become a nation wide debate and one that doesn’t seem to have an end. The state of North Carolina is one of the most involved areas of the fracking process. “North Carolina is sitting on top of large natural gas reserves (WRAL 1).” For this reason, many natural gas companies come to North Carolina for business. This helps the states economy because it produces more income and creates more jobs. The only problem is that the hydraulic fracking process has a reputation of contaminating local drinking water. This causes controversy with the citizens in cities such as Raleigh. Many cities welcome fracking while others try to completely ban it. The worst problem with fracking is that there seems to be no alternatives for it. Fracking is the only current process that can supply the efficient amount of natural gases. Therefore, fracking must not be banned but corrected so it can obtain natural gases in a safe manner.

Raleigh is the largest city and capital of the state North Carolina. Raleigh obtains its drinking water from Creedmoor, North Carolina. Creedmoor sits at the headwaters of Fall Lake, which is the primary source of drinking water for Raleigh and several towns in the county. Creedmoor wants to protect the citizens of their county from unsafe drinking water. They believe that fracking will cause contamination to the drinking water. They came to belief this due to many complaints in fracking areas. For example, “Some house owners in Pennsylvania, where gas wells are common, have seen increasing levels of methane in their well water (OMB).” After much debate the town of Creedmoor recently passed an ordinance to ban the method of gas fracking with in city limits. The city council stated that fracking not only contaminated drinking water but also lowered property value. City official Moss, said: “heavy trucks are tearing up Creedmoor’s streets and dropping nearby by property values (OMB). Creedmoor is hoping other North Carolina cities will...