When: Tue., July 19, 7-9 p.m. 2011
Senate Bill 709 is dead, hallelujah. Among its many faults, the bill would have encouraged fracking, a particularly harmful type of gas and oil drilling that is still illegal in North Carolina. However, House Bill 242, which is now law, directs the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other state agencies to study the potential environmental, financial, social and consumer-protection implications of fracking. It also directs the state to hold public hearings and issue a report no later than next spring.
So get ready for these hearings and start your fracking homework at "Fracking Bewareness," an educational event sponsored by several citizens' and environmental groups. State Rep. Joe Hackney, who represents parts of Orange and Chatham counties, will discuss the strength and direction of fracking legislation. Scientists and environmental experts will discuss the air-and-water quality issues associated with the practice. And you can watch excerpts from Gasland, the Oscar-nominated documentary that unveiled the dire environmental impacts of fracking that have occurred in other states where it is legal.
The Fearrington Barn is located in Fearrington Village, about six miles south of the Orange/ Chatham County Line on U.S. 15-501 South. The event is free and starts at 6:30 p.m. Find out more at chathamcitizens.org. —Lisa Sorg