North Carolina: Most Involved Area of the Fracking Process

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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 follow them and also ban fracking. Moss stated, “Cities and towns hold the power to allow or not allow companies to locate within their boundaries (OMB).” Natural Gas companies and the state environment department are firing back saying there is no reason to ban fracking. The state environment department stated, “Fracking can be conducted safely as long as lawmakers adopt the right precautions (WRAL 1).” The state of North Carolina does not want other cities to follow Creedmoor because of the economic upside that fracking provides. State representative, Nelson Dollar said, “Fracking gets us the energy we need and the jobs we desperately need (WRAL 1).” Dollar backed up his claim by presenting the fact that there are no researches that prove fracking contaminates drinking water. Dollar said he expects the lawmakers to pass a fracking bill that will allow energy companies to begin applying for permits beginning in July 2014. Tamara Matheson, who is part of the Croatan Earth First organization believes “ State officials will say whatever they need to day to make people feel like it will be safe, even if it cant be (WRAL 1).” Matheson’s beliefs take away Dollars credibility. She wants people to know that state cant be trusted and that they are telling lies. Overall, Matheson’s beliefs make sense. It seems that the state officials are only interested in the North Carolinas economic well-being but the well- being of the citizens. Fracking is a good source of jobs in North Carolina and will end up help lower unemployment rates. Therefore, it is understandable how state officials are interested in keeping it around. This leads us to the question, “ will other cities follow Creedmoor?” Creedmoor is the first city in North Carolina to ban fracking and they are encouraging others to follow. The state has clear intentions to stop other cities from following due to the fact that it boosts the economy. Cary and Raleigh are considering a similar measure to the ordinance done in...
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