- Starting Point
- WATR Involvement
- WATR hosts Documentary ***IMPORTANT! Join us*** Showings Tues 7/29 through Thursday 7/31
- Recent news – Local response
- Information for the Technically Inclined
For our region in western NC, the fracking issue dramatically ramped up in late May.
The shale gas fracking issue became real for western NC counties in May when The Sylva Herald (Jackson Co.) published two articles.
- Geologists to survey Jackson, WNC counties for natural gas SH 2014 05 23.
- State to test for natural gas deposits in Jackson County; fracking debates comes home SH 2014 05 22.
A search of the Smoky Mountain Times(Bryson City, Swain County) indicates that their first article was June 12 with the article:
- Commissioners agree with public: say “No to fracking” SMT 2014 06 12 (you must subscribe to the SMT to get links).
As for the regional (free) tabloid Smoky Mountain News –after the “starting date” of May 22 they ran the following story:
- Drilling, fracking bill speeds through legislature SMN 2014 06 04. The same issue contained the letter to the editor by Doug Woodard (6/4/2014). He objected to NC Bill 786 “which opens the door to fracking.”
As for organization, Swain Chapter of the NC Coalition Against Fracking was one of the first in the Swain/Jackson. See WNC 2014 07 09. There is now a Macon Chapter. Other lead organizations include the Western North Carolina Alliance, Clean Water for NC and its spin off
We have no knowledge of pro-fracking groups in our region.
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WATR got involved on June 1. That’s when Roger (exec. Director) and Ken Brown (WATR Board and chair, Tuckseigee Chapter of the WNCA) attended River Rally – the annual convention for River Network. Roger and Ken saw the documentary film Triple Point and immediately worked to get the film’s authors to visit Swain, Jackson and Asheville.
The widespread concern about fracking was evident at the WATR Summer Picnic, June 14, when everyone was talking about it. Candice Day, a native Swain woman who just graduated from the University of West Virginia — where fracking is a big deal — quickly formed the Swain Chapter of the Coalition Against Fracking.
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WATR got involved on June 1. That’s when Roger (exec. director) and Ken Brown (WATR Board and chair, Tuckseigee Chapter of the WNCA)
attended River Rally – the annual convention for RiverNetwork, the umbrella nonprofit comprised of groups working to protect American streams and rivers. Roger and Ken saw the documentary film Triple Divide and immediately worked to get the film’s authors to visit Swain and Jackson.
****Invitation. Pleasejoin us for any of three showings of
Shale Gas Fracking: Pennsylvania Personal Experiences
These showings are part of the nationwide tour by the investigative reporters and film authors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic.
*** Tuesday, June 29, 7:00pm at the Swain Marianna Black Library (free)
*** Wednesday, June 30, 6:30 pm AND AGAIN at (about) 8:30 at the Mad Batter in Sylva (free)
***Thursday, July 31, 7:00 pm at the Fine Arts Theater ($8.00)
For more information:
Check the press release: PSA from WATR re Triple Divide Film
On July 22, Swain Commissioners voted to ban fracking SMT 2014 07 24
On July 17, Sylva aldermen voted to ban fracking SH 2014 07 23. Sylva joined Webster in officially condemning fracking. The article also stated that Dillsboro aldermen and Jackson Commissioners are not moving in the direction of condemning fracking.
“Give me the science so I can make up my own mind” — Books & Articles
Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know by Alex Prod’homme (2013)
Review of reviews
Pro: Starts from the basics, explains the science
Con: Sometimes an even-handed book does not pursue consequences to anyone’s satisfaction
(I have read other books by Prod’homme. He writes well. I have this book on order, RBC)
Review of reviews:
Pro: Comprehensive about energy/economics
Con: Not enough discussion of the environmental hazards except global greenhouse gases.
Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber (2012)
Review of reviews
Pro: ranges in scale from individual landowners to stakeholders, drillers, policy makers, activists, and more. Praised as explaining the science better. Better than what? Well written.
Con: None found as of this writing.
Shale Gas: The Promise and the Peril by Vikram Rao 2012
From Amazon review: Tailored for a nontechnical audience—with technical chemistry and geology information couched in sidebars—the book culminates in suggestions for research and guidance for policymaking.
Review of reviews:
Pro: Stories of the cowboy drillers who made this technology into the gold-laying goose
Con: No real discussion of the environmental pitfalls.
The Truth about Fracking by Chris Moody (Oct 2011) (Link goes directly to article)
Reassuring references to reputable geologists. Author askes if fracking (breaking up rocks deep underground) is the problem or if it is the drilling to get down there. Published before the connection to earthquakes was identified.