Reposted from Southern Pines “The Pilot”
The state Senate picked an odd day to rush headlong into passage of an ill-considered bill legalizing fracking in North Carolina.
The senators, as it happened, voted on the same day that the eminently objective and credible U.S. Geological Survey issued a report vastly lowering the estimate of how much natural gas might lie trapped underground in the state and accessible through the highly questionable extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing.
Whereas earlier estimates had said that the state had a supply large enough to take care of the state’s gas needs for 40 years into the future, the USGS now says it looks more like 5.6 years. Oops. Continue reading