The North Carolina General Assembly is currently poised to approve the proposed rules related to large scale horizontal gas extraction, or fracking. Once this is done, fracking will start in a few months. While fracking may potentially harvest large amounts of fossil fuels, the risks involved in this relatively new technology are staggering to say the least. Extremely high levels of toxic chemicals are used in this process as well as large amounts of our most precious asset, water. In the process of fracking one well between two to eight million gallons of water are used.
As a landowner in Cherokee County, I am concerned about such large scale mineral extractions and threats to my water and environment.