We moved to NC from PA eight years ago. In PA (we worked in Binghamton, NY), we lived in a beautiful area in the Endless Mountains region, about 25 miles from Dimock, PA. On trips back through there, we have seen a portion of that area deteriorate because of fracking. People there are sick, the once clean water is bad, the landscape is damaged. It is a mess and people are having difficulty selling their property (they want to leave, but are trapped because nobody wants to buy). There is a group out there telling the public that Dimock is great, no problems, etc., but we have seen for ourselves the difference in just a few years time (I suspect the pro-frack group is company planted). Nobody that owned land there is all the more richer for selling their mineral rights. If anyone is making any money, you can be sure it is the companies, not - I stress NOT - the landowners.
Also, we have a niece in Oklahoma City, they are experiencing a great number of earthquakes in that area and suspect that the earthquakes are a result of fracking.
Some people we talk with here, in NC, just shrug their shoulders and say 'What are you going to do?' Here's what we do - we must work together to fight fracking and stop thinking that it is going to be okay. It has proven on many occasions to be destructive and unhealthy for people, animals, and our earth. Do not sell away your mineral rights, fight tooth and nail to protect our precious resources. If they can put people in space, they can find a way to utilize solar power and green energy. Fight for this as hard and loud as you can - and tell everyone you know to do the same.
The destruction that comes from fracking far outweighs any proposed benefits. It's not good or healthy - and the only ones who benefit are the fracking companies.
Never have I ever dealt with such disgusting water in my life (and I have lived / traveled to many places in the USA and worldwide). Not only are there continuous major problems with the water (usually it's brown, contaminated, or both), but the water in 'good' condition is loaded with particles that even a filter doesn't completely get rid of. We bought a water cooler because we won't drink or cook with the water here. Aqua North Carolina, Inc. charges a lot of money for the disgusting water and minimal service (at best). When we have to flush our house pipes because of brown water or contamination, we have to fight for any kind of break on our water bill (and we have to do this a lot). If they do give us a break, it's only a few dollars - we are responsible to pay for the water we use to flush out their problem! And it is difficult to reach anyone that can help via phone (my bill goes to NJ and I'm in NC - they have no idea what's going on). I think the Aqua NC customers should band together and file a Class Action Lawsuit for jeopardizing our health all these years. I have plenty of photographs and video footage of water running out of my faucets / tub each time there is a problem. All I need to do now is tape the calls I make to them. If a lawsuit can't happen, then take it to the media - Aqua North Carolina should be accountable for what they're doing!
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