Thursday, 12 June 2014
Now that the state legislature is in short session, one of the themes is “regulatory reform.” Let’s examine what their version of reform has meant to you so far.
Until the ash spill, Duke Power has gotten off the hook for their groundwater contamination. Your corporate neighbor can contaminate groundwater up to your property boundary – like it will stop there. We’re still waiting to see whether they’ll take serious action to address this ongoing hazard to your health.
Gas exploration companies can explore under your land without your permission. If most of your neighbors agree to allow drilling for fracking on their land, you may be forced into a contract to allow fracking on your property. Your tax dollars are currently being spent to explore WNC for the gas companies. Your tax dollars will be used to pay for the increased road repairs, police protection and emergency services that go along with fracking.