FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Demonstration at the House of Representatives against SB 709
June 15, 2011- Raleigh, NC – On Tuesday night, over twenty-five people
showed their opposition to hydraulic fracturing and offshore drilling in
North Carolina outside of the legislative building before heading inside for
the final vote on SB 709 in the House of Representatives, leading to three
arrests. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a method of extracting
natural gas that involves blasting underground rock thousands of feet into
the ground with a cocktail of sand, water, and chemicals.
The third vote on SB709, also dubbed the “Energy Jobs Act”, was met with
resistance before the session convened with a call-in day to legislators and
a demonstration outside. Signs read, “Don’t Frack with Cackalack!”, “Don’t
Frack With My Water!”, “No Offshore Drilling in NC!”, and “Expect
Resistance!”. The demonstrations consisted of people from Chapel Hill,
Durham, Pittsboro, and Raleigh who called on the legislators to vote against
SB 709, in favor of a healthy future for North Carolinians.
Upon moving inside, the quiet and respectful demonstration was swarmed by
security agents as the wait began for SB 709 to be called. At least one
representative switched his vote to be against the bill before it was
called, which was met with applause. Once SB 709 was brought to the floor,
two people unfurled a banner reading “Third times a charm! No to Fracking!”,
leading to their arrest. A third person was also arrested for proclaiming
dislike of the destruction of the fine state of North Carolina. The
arrestees, who live in counties that contain shale deposits that could be
fracked, are all facing misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.
The third reading of SB 709 resulted in 68 ayes and 49 noes. At this point
the bill goes back to the senate for a reading, and then it is in the
governor’s hands. We call on Governor Perdue to protect the future of North
Carolina by vetoing SB 709.
“It is alarming that the General Assembly is so readily allowing
corporation’s interests to harm the citizens, water, air, and land of North
Carolina. Is this really what the General Assembly wants for its
constituents?”- Heidi Grenmier (Durham County) Croatan Earth First!
“To Representatives Avila, Boles, Burr, Crawford, Dollar, Howard, McCormick,
Murry, and Stam, all who represent areas with fracking potential and
despicably voted in favor of SB709, know that we will hold you personally
responsible when our tap water turns brown and explosive, our children and
wives are sick, and our crops are toxic. We’ve seen what’s been happening
in Pennsylvania, Montana, and Colorado. We don’t want it here.” – Adam Nash
This is merely the beginning of the fight against hydraulic fracturing and
offshore drilling in North Carolina. Community groups, including Croatan
Earth First!, will be holding regular events and demonstrations against
hydraulic fracturing throughout the region.
Click here to urge Bev Perdue to veto SB 709! Leave a message at her phone number at 919-733-5811. A decision will be made probably in the next day or two.
Croatan Earth First! is committed to halting ecological destructive projects
throughout the Piedmont.
Kassidy Birch (919) 695-3530