Perdue Says Fracking Can Be Done Safely In NC

Gov. Beverly Perdue says she believes a drilling method for natural gas opposed by some citizens and environmental groups can be performed safely in North Carolina.

Perdue told WRAL-TV on Wednesday that hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking -- makes sense if it can be regulated and fees are in place to ensure inspectors are on the ground.

The governor made the comments a week after she visited north-central Pennsylvania to examine the process firsthand and talk with regulators and local officials.

It's believed that natural gas that can be extracted from shale deposits in central North Carolina. Perdue says the challenge will be to determine the potential supply of gas and whether local residents will support the drilling.


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  • by Bev on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
    The national debt is almost $15.6 trillion dollars. It would cost $1 million dollars a day for 42,739 years to pay off the debt (not including interest). Or, $100 million dollars per day for 427 years. It would take $100 million dollars per day for 137 years just to pay off Obama's $5 trillion dollars in added debt. Obama has increased the national debt by about $4.3 billion dollars per day since he took office!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:36 AM
    Toby Harnden report; UK Their latest project came about after McAleer confronted Josh Fox, director of the Oscar-nominated anti-fracking film Gasland, about why Fox had not mentioned that people had been able to set alight tap water because of naturally-occuring methane decades before fracking began. Contrarion couple: Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer A tetchy Fox eventually conceded: 'Yes, but it's not relevant'. When McAleer tried to publicise the exchange by putting out a short video on YouTube and then Vimeo that included a clip from Gasland, Fox's lawyers swooped, forcing the video off the web on copyright grounds. McAleer eventually prevailed by arguing 'fair use' and the video is now publicly available. but Fox had succeeded in the short-term at least in closing down criticism of him. Fox has been making Gasland II, funded by HBO to the tune of an reported $750,000 and due to air this year. In the meantime, McAleer and McElhinney, along with co-producer Magda Segieda, have been busy travelling to small towns in Pennsylvania like Hickory, McMurray, Dimock, Hop Bottom, Waymart and Honesdale as well as to Calicoon, New York - as well as Warsaw in Poland.
  • by J D Location: ENC on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:36 AM
    I am all for taking something out of the ground. But I do not think we should be putting anything in to the ground. To many things can go wrong. I like drinking my tap water not watching it burn.
  • by Beth Location: Kinston on Mar 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
    This woman is nuts. I also watched the HBO Doc. and if it is so safe why can't those folks drink there tap water? Ohio just said it is whats causing their earthquakes. She just needs to go away before she does any more damage to this state.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:42 AM in reply to Beth
      If you look online you will find that problem was there long before natural gas was being drilled. HBO sensationalized it for attention.
  • by SausageLink/HamBone on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:53 AM
    Sure fracking can be done safely.I do it almost every night.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 03:32 AM
    She must be on crack cause her thinking is whack.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
    What county or counties???
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Mar 14, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    Bev, correct twice in one month. Hydro fracking is with high pressure water below the water supply and has been used for more than 60 years. What could find its way to the surface through nattural cracks. Chemical fracking can and dose cause probles in oil production. Hydro fracking is safe.
  • by 40some on Mar 14, 2012 at 08:02 PM
    Maybe there's another form of fracking, the one I saw on a documentary on HBO poisoned the water and the people who drank it in two small towns.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:54 AM in reply to 40some
      I also read something about the natural gas entering existing wells and exploding!
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        by Col Colt on Mar 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        I read OBOMA WAS WONDERFUL!
  • by jb Location: onslow on Mar 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    i hope you are first in line for the 5.00 a gallion for gas,typical redneck voicing their ideas.that why everything so screwed up,ceo of big businesses and enviromentalist...ugh
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