LETTER: Why did DENR reject grant money?

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

I’m going to step out here and write what a lot of people are thinking as to why the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources applied for and then rejected more than $500,000 in federal grant money for water quality studies.

DENR claims water quality studies will be done by them, but not now and not by the department that applied for the grant (the unit is being disbanded). Could it be because a delay in the before-fracking water quality studies and high monitored values in the after-fracking water quality studies done by DENR are easier to sweep under the rug than if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were involved? 

DENR’s mission statement says it will not be a bureaucratic obstacle of resistance — in this case, to the mining industry. Additionally, do readers realize the importance of what was reported in The Sanford Herald — that North Carolina law would even allow testing to be done by companies doing the fracking?

Sharon Reinders

Sanford