Don't Frack Our Water
Our water resources are precious. Jordan Lake, Falls Lake, the Deep River and the Eno River are the places we swim, fish and kayak. Half of all North Carolinians rely on groundwater to drink. We can’t risk our rivers, our lakes and our drinking water to a drilling practice that has polluted waterways across the country.
The drinking water for 2.4 million is at stake
From start to finish, the process of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, would threaten our waters. Toxic chemicals can leak into drinking water. Spills of harmful wastewater can pollute rivers and lakes. The methane gas stirred loose during the drilling process can end up in tap water, causing it to ignite. In North Carolina, the drinking water for at least 2.4 million people, including more than 400,000 well users, is at stake.
Thousands of acres have already been leased ...
Out-of-state companies have leased thousands of acres to drill in rural Chatham, Moore and Lee Counties, near the Deep River and the Cape Fear River. Some state leaders are suggesting fracking as far west as the Nantahala National Forest—putting precious mountain streams at risk.
... and drilling could begin as early as May 2015
Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have enacted a new law to allow fracking permits as soon as May 2015. We’re working to build the support we need to stand up to the governor, the gas companies, and leaders in the General Assembly to delay new permits and restore our moratorium on this risky drilling practice. Take action now to keep N.C. frack-free.
Just how risky is fracking?
Check out our fracking expose to learn more about the consequences of fracking across the country.
How we're fighting back
Your financial support gives us the resources to research, lobby and organize more citizen support to win. Your letters, emails and phone calls put pressure on lawmakers to enact a moratorium on fracking in the first place.
Recently, we delivered 50,000 petition signatures to keep North Carolina frack-free to Gov. Pat McCrory's office.
By taking action and sending a message to North Carolina decision-makers, we can show them North Carolinians don't want fracking in our state. Together, we can keep our moratorium and protect our drinking water, our rivers and our lakes.
- Fracking has been linked to more than 1,000 cases of water contamination across the country, involving polluted tap water and toxic spills.
- Gas companies have already bought drilling leases in Chatham, Moore and Lee counties.
- A recent Duke University study linked fracking sites to methane contamination in drinking water.
- The Deep River, which runs through Moore and Lee counties in central N.C., is a source of drinking water, a home to rare wildlife, and a popular spot for canoeing and fishing.