This video covers the 2h:52m workshop, including the Q&A session.
Speakers include: Kirby Bowers, Executive Director, Triangle J Council of Governments; Ryke Longest, Duke University School of Law; Jim Hassinger, Executive Director, Southwest Pennsylvania Regional Commission; Rod Ruddock, Chairman, Indiana County Board of Commissioners, Byron Stauffer, Economic Development Director, Indiana County; and Richard Whisnant, UNC School of Government
The workshop gave an excellent overview of the fracking process, the issues and concerns related to the industy, the status of NC laws and regulations related to fracking, and the truth behind many of the myths, rumors, and misinformation that abound.
Those of us serving on the Moore County Land Use Steering Committee were asked to attend this workshop. I am very glad that I did! I highly recommend it to everyone.
This industry stands to bring more prosperity and good fortune to many of the residents of Moore County. Are there problems? Yes! Are there concerns? Yes! Can it be done both economically and safely for our people, our environment and our common benefit? Yes! It will require REASONABLE balanced regulations - yes! It will require that we work with those who have a single-minded fear of change, of possible accidents, of harm to the environment. It will require that we listen to those who resist change and wish to preserve the county in some kind of imagined "pristine" state. We must listen to these and we must respect and heed their fears and their ideals as long as they are also reasonable. But we must stand against obstructionists and take advantage ot this wonderful opportunity that Creation has given us.
You are going to read a great deal about this issue in the media. You're going to hear a great deal about it in local politics. You need to be informed and not simply accept hype and sound-bytes. Please, when you have the time, sit down and listen. You will be glad that you did.
You can view the slideshow presentations used in this workshop, or save them to your hard drive using the links below:
1. Local Issues - Rkye Longest
2. PA Shale - James Hassinger
3. Differences Between Marcellus & Sanford - Ryke Longest
4. Regulatory Issues - Richard Whisnant