Make protecting North Carolina's water a 2012 ballot decision
  • Petitioned The NC Governor and NC General Assembly

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The NC Governor and NC General Assembly

Make protecting North Carolina's water a 2012 ballot decision

    1. Phillip Gibson
    2. Petition by

      Phillip Gibson

We deserve better. The NC Legislators say they are doing this because the majority of the state wants less environmental laws. Let the people of the state respond in full to this stated assumption.

Late in the evening of July 2, 2012, the NC Legislature decided that it was in the best interests of the people of North Carolina to spray a gel like substance of chemicals and water to our ground water system (the source of water we humans rely upon for our use) just to get a limited amount of natural gas to power some devices.

They did this despite knowing....

1) The US Geological Survey has stated that only 1% of the world's water is usable by humans.

2) Of that 1% of usable water, 99% is under the ground - where fracking will occur. Yes, 99% of the freshwater that is actually usable for humans is under ground - so if you get water from a well or spring, this really effects your water.

3) 98% of our global Domestic water supply and 33% of our global Public Supply of water comes from Groundwater.

4) Within North Carolina research has never been conducted to understand fully the location and migration paths of groundwater.

5) We actually do not even know how much water is available under ground within all of North Carolina.

6) We don't really know how much water we are even consuming. North Carolina does not require homeowners to share how much water they are withdrawing from their wells.

7) NC Legislators have weakened water quality standards/rules to allow more pollutants to enter our underground and surface water system. This is true. And they have cut the budget in a way that eliminates the number of enforcement personnel needed to enforce the laws we still have.

8) NC Legislators, under HOUSE Bill DRH11045-SB-7 (12/14), think it is in the best interest of the people living near "small" agricultural processors that the public does not need to know how they are treating their waste. (You are regulated from having your own outhouse but an agricultural processor can spread their waste on their land and seep down into the groundwater if they want.)

9) NC Legislators believe, as demonstrated in SENATE DRS75015-SB-9 (02/10), that is not in the best interest of the people of NC that the surface water (again is only 1% of the 1% of the water usable to humans) of our communities be protected from pollution.

9) The group, North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections, counted donations totaling $209,000 to state senators and $300,000 to representatives who voted for the 2011 Energy Jobs Act, which authorized studies of hydraulic fracturing.

10) Last night the NC Legislature decided that it was in the best interests of the people of North Carolina to spray a gel like substance of chemicals and water to our ground water system (the source of water we humans rely upon for our use) just to get a limited amount of natural gas to power some things.

Some have predicted a water war. Some believe water will soon be a commodity priced higher than gold. I believe they were right and the 2012 NC Legislature appears to find the monetary interests of industry more important than protecting basic drinking water which is a God given substance required for all life.

We deserve better. The NC Legislators say they are doing this because the majority of the state wants less environmental laws. Let the people of the state respond in full to this stated assumption.

Sources:

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wateruse.html

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2012/05/25/nc-legislators-bagged-600k-plus-in.html

http://commonwealmagazine.org/easiest-cut-deepest

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/billlookup/billlookup.pl?Session=2011&BillID=H162

http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=7443

http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/Senate/HTML/S64v0.html

http://www.energydelta.org/mainmenu/edi-intelligence-2/our-services/latest-energy-news/oil-gas-industry-defends-fracking

HOW MUCH RISK CAN WE TAKE TO PIPING CHEMICALS INTO THE LIMITED WATER AVAILABLE TO US HUMANS?

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    • Beth Caves MIDDLESEX, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Our water is very valuable and vital to staying alive. To taint or allow someone else to destroy the purity of our water should be homocidal! It's ludacrous to allow people to ultimately kill us, and irresponsible to allow our government to give the okay for anyone to destroy our water and kill us and our children. That's murder.

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    • Ricky Tharrington WATHA, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      I Drink our ground water and I play in our surface water!

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    • Griselda Sutton EASTOVER, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Do not pollute my water!

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    • Ken Mauney DURHAM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      This is outrageous, you are risking the lives of the citizens of our state for pure corporate greed.

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    • William Krayer RALEIGH, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      If we kill the planet ... it is all for naught!

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