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Re: “Superior Court judge issues another smackdown to school vouchers

Yes, indeed. Let us stop vouchers and stop the disadvantaged, especially the negros, from getting a better education to lift themselves from poverty to more independence. We gotta keep these Democrat voters on the plantation-- stupid, poor, but with bellies filled by their massas.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 08/29/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

Memo to the anti-fracking crowd: it's over, you lost. Move on, move along.

Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 08/29/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Sanford no longer backing fracking

It is pretty bad when your doctor won't be able to put the name of an offending toxic chemical in the patient's record after they have been doused. What happens years later if a problem shows up related to the chemical exposure but nobody has a record of the chemical? Why does the patient not have a right to know what he was exposed to so that he or she could know if they need follow up medical surveillance.

Something is not right with a rule that disallows freedom of information regarding toxic chemical exposure . . . simply to enable a gas company to make more money and to hide toxic chemicals and subsequent damage caused by those chemicals . . . to shield oil and gas companies from lawsuits?

Medial studies show an increase in cancer within 0.5 miles of a fracking site. They also show an increase in congenital heart defects, neural tube defects, low birth weights, small for gestational age infants and reduced five-minute Apgars (a measure of health) in newborns in the areas around fracking site. There are also report on increase nosebleeds, headaches, fatigues, joint pains, and more etc. and because of inadequate studies . . . nobody knows the reason for these increased medical problems . . . never-the-less the problems occur.

Why our legislators and the MEC would urgently press for fracking before they even know what is causing the medical problems is beyond reason . . . except . . . if they go ahead an permit fracking, before medical studies are done, they can claim ignorance and not be liable for damages. The MEC even refuses to conduct a "Health Impact Assessment" as recommended by North Carolina's own study done in 2012 and some of the MEC persons attended the Summit but don't offer to follow the recommendations of their own study.

2012 Shale Gas Extraction Summit: Public Health ...
2012 Shale Gas Extraction Summit: Public Health Implications/Prevention. October 2-3, 2012. North Carolina Biotechnology Center (15 T.W. Alexander Drive, ...

A full moratorium should be called on fracking until the the causes of health risks associated with fracking are determined and rules made to eliminate the risk to citizens. If the MEC and legislator doggedly ignore citizen's protests and concerns . . . and if they enable fracking . . . who is going to inform our pregnant mothers of the increased risk of low birth weigh, small for gestational age and reduced Apgars within 1.5 miles of any gas production site. Based on these numbers, in Lee County, 37 evenly space fracking wells would put the entire county at increase risk for these birth outcomes. Some citizens just won't know or be able to move even if they want to move.

Senate Bill 76 in Session 2013, Session Law 2013 . . . page 8 & 9 mandates “The Mining and Energy Commission” to “establish a modern regulatory program for the management of oil and gas exploration and development” and the program shall be designed to protect public health and safety: protect public and private property” . . . “to conserve the State’s air, water”

Also SB 76 states
“It is the duty of the State Government to protect and preserve the State’s natural resources, cultural heritage, and quality of life and, above all, the public health and safety of its residents during the exploration, development, and product of domestic resources.”

Failing to even take into consideration the mandates of SB 76 to put public health "above all" . . . violates both the spirit and letter of SB 76 itself and should invalidate the recommendations of the MEC and legislators who would write new laws to enable fracking at the expense of the citizens of North Carolina without even considering the health issues.

William Blackley, MD

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Posted by William Jackson Blackley on 08/28/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Our guide to local arts and culture this autumn

What about the 'trashion' show Rubbish2Runway at Frank Art Gallery in Chapel Hill????

Posted by Cheryl Hill on 08/28/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Why Aqua NC customers are furious about their service

I absolutely despise this company! How can you leave someones water off for 24 hours after charges them all kinds of fees ...which we is inhuman. Especially being I have seen the truck in the neighborhood 3 times drive by my house yet they cant just stop and turn it on? When I call and ask about cutting the lock and doing it myself I get told I will face tampering charges. I shouldn't have to wait 24 hours all other companies send someone out within a couple hours.

Posted by Pamela McMoran on 08/28/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

The commenting period has been Extended till Sept 30th !…
Rafi-USA has wonderful information on forced pooling . the org BREDL has some great information also .
These rules were promised to be the best in the states... We the people thought that meant for us ,instead it is for the G&O companies .
Landowners are not important to the MEC , landowners were only mentioned 2 times in the 126 rules !
Fact: the MEC said it , Compulsory pooling is a law setup to Entice the drillers !

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Posted by Terica Luxton on 08/28/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “As big chains fold, Triangle indie bookstores thrive on the personal touch

Thanks Stacie and Sam. There is way too much going on in the Triangle to cover everything here (which is why living here is great), so the more events the merrier in the comments section.

Posted by Brian Howe, INDY arts & culture editor on 08/28/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “As big chains fold, Triangle indie bookstores thrive on the personal touch

the Bull's Head bookshop in Chapel Hill also has readings: i've posted a link to some of them here i hope that's okay.…

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Posted by Stacie Smith on 08/28/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Regulatory Reform bill is a goodie bag for polluters and coastal developers

mj, which office do you work for? your opinion is not reflective of the electorate. The actions of the GOP are offensive to the majority of people who live in NC. You can't evade that reality.

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Posted by Remo on 08/28/2014 at 1:32 AM

Re: “Modern Oakwood house sees its day in court

I have photographs of a Frank Lloyd Wright house on a street off East Ave.. I believe it is the Boylton house. There is no other house quite like it. There it is.
Whenever it was that people came to feel they owned the neighborhood view, past, present, and future reflects some sort of reason for me to not be a part of it.
I'm involved in advancing factory modular buildings because without using that technique you can't keep up with demand.
Fair housing requires a surplus and I'd rather have a crane set things together in a day, than two or three months or a year of construction traffic and noise.

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Posted by Russell Scott Day on 08/27/2014 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Sanford no longer backing fracking

I own the land under my surface property and should never have to allow any activity that I do not want. Even if there is no drill pad on my property, it might be within 400 feet of my home. I bought my property because I wanted to be at least 500 feet from a country road and a drill pad will be spewing way more emissions than vehicle traffic, contribute much more noise 24/7 and may very well contaminate my water supply. So you, Tim Peck think that pooling protects over-drilling! What a ridiculous statement. Have you not seen the web of drill pads all over areas of PA and WV, TX and CO? We are ruining our forests, wildlife, watersheds, ecosystems and harming our own lives with the fracking process. My idea of a high quality of life does not include breathing contaminated air, drinking water that may be polluted or listening to the noise from trucks, emissions, fires, etc. The only people I have met who are in favor of this process are those who stand to gain or have been paid to vouch for it. So far, about 85-90% of those who have spoken in these hearings about fracking are opposed to fracking. Some of those opposed to fracking have been unable to voice their opinion due to time limitations. We should be the ones who determine whether it comes to our state!

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Posted by Jeanne Jarrett Rhea on 08/27/2014 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Regulatory Reform bill is a goodie bag for polluters and coastal developers

This sort of attack piece is useless. It cherrypicks certain provisions and provides no context for instance as to previous administrations or other states.

In the business world you learn that everything must be put in context to be useful. The Indy could be a far strong paper by following this process, rather than just trying to rally the base.

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Posted by MJKopechne on 08/27/2014 at 6:55 PM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

Not implying anything. I'm state quite clearly and unequivocally, everyone involved has rights. Pooling is the best solution to harmonizing correlative rights.

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Posted by Tim Peck on 08/27/2014 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

Not forgetting that at all.
And you are implying that his neighbors rights will trump his rights.

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Posted by Mike Voiland on 08/27/2014 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

You forget that participating landowners have mineral rights as well.

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Posted by Tim Peck on 08/27/2014 at 4:52 PM

Re: “As big chains fold, Triangle indie bookstores thrive on the personal touch

... and Scott Westerfeld (Sep 24) and Jason Mott (Oct 1) ...

Posted by Sam M-B on 08/27/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Loose fracking rules could sink the state

Nice try, Mr. Peck. I just took in the you sent my way. Found it curious that while it does a good but simplistic job going over the confounding geologic, economic and legal issues involved in a forced pooling scenario, it stops short of addressing the philosophical and fairness aspects of such.

That might be because if you go to the website itself, there's this statement:

"Compulsory pooling is used by oil and gas companies to force unleased or non-consenting landowners into oil and gas leases. It is used when oil and gas operators are unable, through voluntary agreement, to meet the acreage requirements for forming a drilling unit. Compulsory pooling can result in the loss of your property rights and allow oil and gas companies to force the leasing of your property. Below is a helpful infographic we created to explain the issue. As you can see, even with a 90% threshold of consent for drilling, more than half of area landowners could be pooled against their will."

Forced pooling, if allowed by government, can strip the property rights of the landowner who doesn't want his share of a petroleum resource extracted, who doesn't want a fracking well/pipe drilled under his property from a base on a neighboring property, and, in certain cases, who doesn't want a fracking facility on or close to his property. It clearly is a device that favors the extractor companies ability to extract and make a profit, and can disadvantage a property owner's right of wanting nothing to do with resource extraction on, near or under his land.

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Posted by Mike Voiland on 08/27/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Staffers, parents concerned over kids' safety at Spence's Farm

I wish I had read this article prior to enrolling my son in this camp. Parents beware.... Spence and staff left my 6 year old son in the Occoneechee Mountain State Park. He was found by a stranger on the trail who called the camp and informed them he had my son. They were down at the vans preparing to leave. It appears they hadn't even noticed my missing child. No one was searching for him, no call to 911 or the park service that he was missing.

No one contacted me to inform me about the incident, no one said a word when I picked him up. It was only when my child began to tell me on the drive home that he got lost, separated from the group and found by a stranger "who was very nice".

Please imagine a parents horror... I called and asked Spence if he had an incident to report. He explained my son's separation from the group and told me a "park ranger" found my son. Long story short, there was no park ranger. My child was in the hands of a complete stranger (who fortunately had the good will to help my son, and contact me about the incident). Spence admitted to lying that it was a ranger, hoping it would make me "feel better". I wouldn't trust a word out of this man's mouth.

Spence is no Outward Bound instructor and his forcing of children to overcome fear by putting them in harms way and teaching them to disregard park signage (climbing the quarry area of Occoneechee) makes him irresponsible and reckless with our children.

Posted by RAC on 08/27/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Sanford no longer backing fracking

As I said at the meeting , " The MEC promised the best rules in the country ! We the people thought they meant for us but they meant the G&O companies !"
Forced pooling is Un American , it is NOT TO PROTECT the LANDOWNERS it is to ATTRACT the Drillers!

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Posted by Terica Luxton on 08/27/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Sanford no longer backing fracking

The rules set in place governing Forced Pooling were established many years ago in reference to a fluid resource, example: oil, water. In that case landowners would be drawing from the same subsurface pool. Should one landowner want to wait to draw out the resource while his neighbors are pumping out the pool, he loses his resource. What we have here is a resource trapped in a solid, not moving without hydro-fracking. In this case forced pooling is compelling one landowner to frack in order to make his neighbors fracking more cost efficient. Our government is forcing property owners to allow the fracking of their land for private profit not public benefit. As to what the gas company can do to the surface land, in a word anything they need to. Look what has been done elsewhere if you doubt me. That means they may locate a road, gathering lines, compressor stations, well pads, holding tanks, waste pits or pipelines across your property where they think best. This is a highly industrial activity that runs 24/7. Landowners should have the RIGHT to refuse to participate.

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Posted by Southern Girl on 08/27/2014 at 3:16 PM

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