Last week, we published poll results that indicated that most North Carolinians don’t know enough about fracking to have an opinion on its worth. Here are two pieces of news just out that may inform them.
From The Atlantic: A new United States Geological Survey study has found that middle America between Alabama and Montana is experiencing an “unprecedented” and “almost certainly manmade” increase in earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. In 2011, there were 134 events of that size. That’s six times more than were normally seen during the 20th century.
Some environmentalists are blaming fracking. But the Atlantic article notes: The USGS scientists aren’t willing to draw the causal connection between fracking and earthquakes. “While the seismicity rate changes described here are almost certainly manmade, it remains to be determined how they are related to either changes in extraction methodologies or the rate of oil and gas production,” they conclude.
Meanwhile, the Huffington Post reports that Matt Damon is going to star in an anti-fracking movie called “The Promised Land.” Shooting is scheduled to start later this month.
The next step in North Carolina is expected next month when the General Assembly convenes for its short session.
— John Robinson