If we put all the environmental issues (air, water, land) aside, have you considered the impact that "fracking" will have on our county and this state if is found to be economically feasible? National Geographic magazine (a reasonably objective magazine) can be read by Googling the magazine and the word “fracking" The magazine report outlines the economic and social impact on towns in North Dakota which are similar in size to many communities in western North Carolina. Yes, jobs were created. Yes, salaries for theses jobs were greater than the prior average salaries in these communities.
However, Mr. Davis, did you know that most of these jobs required specific technological skills not found in the local workforce? The jobs created available to the local citizens were primarily labor, trucking and transportation jobs. These transportation jobs consisted to transporting millions of gallons of water to "fracking" sites, and the removal of millions of gallons of waste water containing unknown chemicals to waste water treatment facilities. Yes, these truck driving jobs were well paying. They were so well paying that public service personnel (fire fighters, police, EMS workers and teachers) as well as persons serving in the private sector became drivers. Sounds like a “win win situation”.