Sad: NC County Passes 3-Year Moratorium on Fracking

heartbreakerIt’s heartbreaking, but not surprising, to see residents in a North Carolina make the same mistakes made by residents in New York State. Monday night the Stokes County (NC) Board of Commissioners voted to enact a three-year moratorium on potential shale drilling in the county. Well-meaning but completely ignorant residents agitated and cajoled the commissioners into voting for no drilling. Stokes, located in northern NC, is part of the Dan River sub-basin, which in turn is part of the larger Triassic Basin. Earlier this year the state cleared the way for fracking to begin (see Triassic Park: North Carolina Becomes 34th State to Frack Shale). The ignorant agitators are happy with the moratorium as a first step, but ultimately (like New York) hope they can ban fracking altogether…

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