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Crucial Conversation – “Fracking: Do we really want it in North Carolina?”

“Fracking: Do we really want it in North Carolina?”

Photo of a natural gas drilling location in the U.S. from arimoore's flickr photostream, used under creative commons license.

Not too long ago, few North Carolinians had ever heard of “fracking” – the name given to the process of hydraulic drilling for natural gas in shale formations. Now after a blitz of publicity and legislative proposals, fracking is being touted by proponents as some kind of magic bullet for North Carolina’s ailing economy. Others, however, worry that fracking could bring terrible harm to the state’s already fragile environment and rural communities and provide new excuses for delays in the transition to a greener economy.

During the 2011 session of the North Carolina General Assembly, state lawmakers advanced legislation that could expedite the introduction of fracking in the Tar Heel state. They seem poised to push further ahead in 2012 (or even sooner).

Photo of a natural gas drilling location in the U.S. from arimoore's flickr photostream, used under creative commons license.

So, what should we make of all this? How dangerous is fracking? What is the experience in other states? What is the political lay of the land on this controversial issue?

Come and hear some answers to these and other related questions from some people who know.

Carol French and Carolyn Knapp are dairy farmers from Pennsylvania. They’re also the founders of the Pennsylvania Landowner Group for Awareness and Solutions (PLGAS). Working with the advocacy group Clean Water for North Carolina, French and Knapp are coming to North Carolina to share their firsthand experiences with the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of fracking in their home state.

French and Knapp will be joined at the podium by the Policy Director of the North Carolina Conservation network, Grady McCallie. McCallie is one of North Carolina’s most experienced and knowledgeable environmental policy experts.

Don’t miss this chance to hear from these knowledgeable people on this critically important matter.

Co-sponsored by Clean Water for North Carolina.

Admission includes a box lunch. (Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m. and the program will start at noon)
Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com.

(Photos above of a natural gas drilling location in the U.S. from arimoore’s flickr photostream, used under creative commons license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Click here to register for this event.

When: Thursday, November 10 — Lunches will be available at 11:45 am and the program will begin at noon.

Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets.

Click here for directions and information about convenient parking options.

Cost: $10 – includes a box lunch.
Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or rob@ncpolicywatch.com.

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