LETTER: Stone is stepping up on fracking

Aug. 10, 2013 @ 04:57 AM

To the Editor:

Representatives Stone, Boles and Hager have recently led the way in the N.C. House to make fracking the safest possible for North Carolina. They have pursued a tireless campaign this year to stop very dangerous legislation that would allow fracking operations to permanently contaminate Jordan Lake Reservoir, supplying drinking water to over 300,000 people and flowing out through Harnett and Lee counties.

Current legislation allows energy companies to withhold information about fracking chemicals used under a corporate trade secret exemption, despite objections from the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission. This major concern yet to be resolved is that there should be immediate access to data about fracking chemicals (containing toxic chemicals and carcinogens) in case of a spill, inhalation or other accident. Energy companies are allowed too much leeway in withholding critical information from first responders and emergency medical personnel in an emergency.

Contaminated drinking water and public safety should not be a political football. Rep. Stone deserves bipartisan support now and in the future for stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing whether it is popular or unpopular, unlike most other members of the N.C. House and Senate.

Salute to Stone!

Charles Ritter