Public Information meeting on Hydraulic Fracturing “Fracking”
October 11, 2014
Cumberland County Library system
North Regional Branch
Dr. Viney Aneja – N.C. State University
Jim Womack – N.C. Mining Energy commission
Hope Taylor – Director of Clean Water of North Carolina
Background: Governmor McCrory signed a law in June authorizing energy companies be permitted to obtain permits for hydraulic fracturing to unearth natural gas in North Carolina. With this new law in place, permits may be given out as early as 2015. The majority of land that will be utilized for this process is in Lee County.
Talking points from the meeting:
- 1 “fracking” well uses 4.4 million gallons of water a day.
- 4.4 million galloons is equivalent to 11,000 American households consumption of water in 1 day
- 4.4 million gallons of water is also equal to 6 Olympic size pools
Challenges that face areas involved with fracking:
- drill pad construction (The relatively small work area in which the rig crew conducts operations, usually adding or removing drillpipe to or from the drillstring. The rig floor is the most dangerous location on the rig because heavy iron is moved around there…Wikipedia)
- ground water contamination
- hydraulic fracturing and flow back water management
- blowouts & house explosions
- water consumption and supply
- spill management and surface water protections
- small earthquakes
The American Council on Science and Health provided this information at the meeting by handout. (www.acsh.or)g
What are the benefits of Fracking?
- U.S. has increased its production of all natural gas by 34 percent
- U.S. is now the leading producer in the world
- U.S. is predicted to pass Saudi Arabia as the top-producing petroleum and gas producer by 2017
- natural gas prices have dropped, Americans have saved an estimated $100 billion in 2011
Sidebar: The following news article was obtained from the National Association of REALTORS® website. The article was not part of the public meeting.
Fracking: A Growing Threat to Home Values?