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This week’s news coverage

Channel 17 Protesters Greet Lawmakers

Group protests natural gas drilling: News coverage from Sunday night’s demonstration on ABC 11.

Dozens of Protesters Gather in Capital

Protest At The Legislature Tonight

For Immediate Release

NC Says No To Drilling: Residents Occupy The General Assembly

Sunday November 27, 2011 –  Raleigh, NC

Tonight dozens of rural and urban citizens of North Carolina are assembling outside of the NC legislature around 7 p.m. to voice their disapproval of the Senate’s  July override of Governor Perdue’s veto of SB 709 the Energy Jobs Act which fast tracks efforts to bring offshore drilling & horizontal drilling (or “fracking”) to North Carolina.  Participants of the local Occupy Wall Street movement will also be present to lend support to the organizing group, Croatan Earth First!    

Since last June, Croatan Earth First! has held free movie screenings of the documentary Gasland, organized protests in downtown Raleigh, hosted coalition meetings with other grassroots groups in Sanford and Durham,  held teach-ins  on fracking at local churches and independent bookstores, and dropped a banner in the House of Representatives reading “Don’t Frack Cackalack!”  Earth First! and a coalition of other advocacy groups plan to oppose horizontal drilling with public events and by organizing for future resistance including nonviolent civil disobedience & direct action.  One protester with Earth First!, stresses that fracking is not a bridge fuel or feasible alternative to oil: “Fracking for natural gas produces methane, which warms the planet faster than CO2, accelerating the process of climate change,” said Josh Slocumb of Hillsborough. 

Activists with the Occupy movement and Earth First! will be holding signs outside the legislature and banners which read “We can’t drink money!” and “No Drill, No Spill! NC Says No To 709,” demanding that the House of Representatives uphold the veto in this session.  It has even been rumored that the Raging Grannies may show up and sing a few songs.  “Over 2 million residents of our state use well water,” says member Michelle Matheson, “it’s horrendous to experiment with that considering the frequent occurrences of fracking wastewater spills nationwide.”  Furthermore, “Since the start of fracking in Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna River has become the most polluted waterway in the nation.”  “On the issue of offshore drilling, the horrors of the BP oil spill, and the other countless disasters worldwide, should remind us all this is bad planning for the future of North Carolina and the planet,” says John Ferguson resident of Sanford county.

Occupy the General Assembly! – Stop Hydrofracking & Offshore Drilling

This is an official call-out to all Occupations and environmentally concerned citizens in North Carolina to demonstrate at the North Carolina General Assembly on the evening of Sunday November 27th.  The House of Representatives is planning on passing SB 709 which will fast track plans for the oil & gas industry to begin hydrofracking & offshore drilling in North Carolina endangering our water supply and ecosystems for the financial benefit of greedy corporations.  Our “representatives” have scheduled this evening vote during Thanksgiving weekend hoping they could sneak this through without an uproar.  Let’s prove otherwise and stop 709!

Meet @  The Legislative building at 16 W Jones St # 2129  Raleigh, NC 27601 around 6:45 p.m. please bring signs!  Demonstration should begin by 7 p.m.

VETO SB 709 No Fracking, No Offshore Drilling in North Carolina!


Demonstration at the House of Representatives against SB 709

June 15, 2011- Raleigh, NC – On Tuesday night, over twenty-five people
showed their opposition to hydraulic fracturing and offshore drilling in
North Carolina outside of the legislative building before heading inside for
the final vote on SB 709 in the House of Representatives, leading to three
arrests. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a method of extracting
natural gas that involves blasting underground rock thousands of feet into
the ground with a cocktail of sand, water, and chemicals.

The third vote on SB709, also dubbed the “Energy Jobs Act”, was met with
resistance before the session convened with a call-in day to legislators and
a demonstration outside. Signs read, “Don’t Frack with Cackalack!”, “Don’t
Frack With My Water!”, “No Offshore Drilling in NC!”, and “Expect
Resistance!”. The demonstrations consisted of people from Chapel Hill,
Durham, Pittsboro, and Raleigh who called on the legislators to vote against
SB 709, in favor of a healthy future for North Carolinians.

Upon moving inside, the quiet and respectful demonstration was swarmed by
security agents as the wait began for SB 709 to be called. At least one
representative switched his vote to be against the bill before it was
called, which was met with applause. Once SB 709 was brought to the floor,
two people unfurled a banner reading “Third times a charm! No to Fracking!”,
leading to their arrest. A third person was also arrested for proclaiming
dislike of the destruction of the fine state of North Carolina. The
arrestees, who live in counties that contain shale deposits that could be
fracked, are all facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.

The third reading of SB 709 resulted in 68 ayes and 49 noes. At this point
the bill goes back to the senate for a reading, and then it is in the
governor’s hands. We call on Governor Perdue to protect the future of North
Carolina by vetoing SB 709.

“It is alarming that the General Assembly is so readily allowing
corporation’s interests to harm the citizens, water, air, and land of North
Carolina. Is this really what the General Assembly wants for its
constituents?”- Heidi Grenmier (Durham County) Croatan Earth First!

“To Representatives Avila, Boles, Burr, Crawford, Dollar, Howard, McCormick,
Murry, and Stam, all who represent areas with fracking potential and
despicably voted in favor of SB709, know that we will hold you personally
responsible when our tap water turns brown and explosive, our children and
wives are sick, and our crops are toxic. We’ve seen what’s been happening
in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Colorado. We don’t want it here.” – Adam Nash
(Orange County)

This is merely the beginning of the fight against hydraulic fracturing and
offshore drilling in North Carolina. Community groups, including Croatan
Earth First!, will be holding regular events and demonstrations against
hydraulic fracturing throughout the region.

Click here to urge Bev Perdue to veto SB 709!  Leave a message at her phone number at 919-733-5811.  A decision will be made probably in the next day or two.

Croatan Earth First! is committed to halting ecological destructive projects
throughout the Piedmont.


Kassidy Birch (919) 695-3530