From Croatan Earth First!
SB 820, the fracking bill, passed in the general assembly this week, which means now only the governor needs to sign it for fracking to begin in 2014. Governor Perdue has already flipped sides once. She had vetoed an earlier bill, the 709 Energy Jobs Act, which would have fast tracked fracking and offshore drilling. However, soon after she was flown to Pennsylvania on our tax money to schmooze with Shell Oil and returned pro-fracking. Just this past week the U.S. Geological Survey released a study finding that there is only 2 years worth of gas in our state, and that only half of that could possibly be collected. In other words, we are risking our water supply and clean air, and trading that for only one year’s worth of natural gas to profit oil companies, and they can even export that gas to other places. Property law in North Carolina even states that private land can be taken by eminent domain for these companies to use. A few democrats and republicans who had previously supported fracking voted against the bill this, but it was not enough to stop the rest of the general assembly who are solidly in the pockets of corporations. We cannot let this happen without putting up a fight! Occupy is organizing a response to the seizing of our communities air and water this Monday at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh Monday June 18th at 6 p.m. located at 200 N. Blount St. Help spread the word!