TO THE EDITOR:
In a recent letter to the editor, Bob Keefe of the Natural Resources Defense Council points out that longtime NRDC trustee, singer, songwriter and native North Carolinian James Taylor opposes hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in his home state.
What exactly does James Taylor know about fracking? Is he really the person North Carolinians should look to when considering our state’s energy policy? Keefe mentions Taylor’s comments in a series of commercials run by the organization calling fracking, “reckless” and “dangerous.” That would be news to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and more than 20 other states that currently allow well-regulated and orderly energy production through fracking.
The letter further argues that North Carolina policy makers have taken steps that “disregard common sense health and environmental safeguards regarding fracking.” That would be news to N.C. regulators who have drafted 120 new rules and regulations that will govern safe extraction of resources via fracking — rules that have been developed after thorough public outreach and work with experienced regulators from other states.