Just a couple thoughts about fracking. When I read that the Department of Energy and Natural Resources Mining and Energy Commission (DENR-MEC) wants to look at fracking potential west of Buncombe County, my jaw dropped. My home water supply is spring fed and all my neighbors are either using spring water or wells. I see no good reason to trade perfectly good (and free) spring water for a city water bill based on some pie in the sky fracking company’s promise of free money sitting under ground. Whenever I hear "Free Money" I assume someone is trying to con me.
Worse than that is the Forced Pooling allowed under the new law (G.S.§ 113-393. Development of lands as drilling unit by agreement or order of Commission. ) If DENRMEC chair James Womack lumps me into a Drilling Unit, then my property rights go out the window putting control of my property and drinking water up to a vote by land owners in my Unit.