6 Buses from North Carolina to Sept 21 People’s Climate March – Sign Up Today!

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There are now 6 BUSES FROM NORTH CAROLINA being organized for the people’s Climate March in NYC!!!!!!! 3 from the Triangle area and 1 each from Asheville, Boone and Charlotte. Seats are filling up fast so reserve a seat today!

AshevilleBus Captains Debby Genz dgenz@skyrunner.net and Mary Olson maryo@nirs.org

Boone – Contact Bus Captain Dave Harman dh.harman@hotmail.com

Charlotte – Register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/charlotte-bus-to-nyc-peoples-climate-march-tickets-12748748851 or contact Bus Captains Hanna Mitchell hanna.mitchell@greenpeace.org and Bill Gupton at wmgupton@aol.com

Triangle Area – 2 buses being coordinated by Bus Captain Caroline Hansley caroline.hansley@greenpeace.org. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/triangle-bus-to-nyc-peoples-climate-march-tickets-12748714749

Triangle Area – 1 bus being coordinated by Greenway Transit/The Forest Foundation Bus. Sign up at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1W6YZN7yoiiDvBmhiwjNNjHwn394ajgXhesjlWsBkRqI/viewform?usp=send_form .

Reserve your seat today! Prices vary by location.

RSVP for Charlotte Citizens’ Climate Hearing – Tues, Sept 9

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Join us in Charlotte for a Citizens’ Climate Hearing on Tuesday, September 9. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

You can show your support for acting on climate by showing up at the Citizens’ Climate Hearing September 9 in Charlotte.

This is a critical moment for North Carolinians to make sure our voice is heard. Citizens from across NC will gather at Myers Park Baptist Church to give oral testimony, which will be recorded and submitted as official comments to the EPA. Join Sierra Club and our partner organizations to call on the EPA to take swift and strong action on climate for North Carolina.

Event Details

WHO: Sierra Club, other partner organizations, and you!
WHAT: Citizens’ Climate Hearing
WHEN: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church,1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207 [Map]

Questions? Contact Emma Greenbaum at emma.greenbaum@sierraclub.org

P.S. Click here for more info and to RSVP.

Recap of First MEC Fracking Hearing in Raleigh

Thanks to NC Sierra Club Lead Organizer Zak Keith for this great Wednesday, Aug 20th, update! Please submit as many comments as you would like! Check out our online resource for more info on the proposed rules and to submit comments.

 

Hey folks, today has been a busy day in Raleigh between the coal ash bill and the fracking MEC hearing. But I wanted to give a quick update on the MEC hearing and what happened this morning.

Before the hearing at NC State’s McKimmon Center, the Frack Free Alliance put on a rally outside. There were around 150 folks at the rally, a great turnout since it was a hot morning at 9:30.

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Check out the great list of speakers below who talked about the need for local control and the need to slow the rush to frack NC.

  • State Senator Mike Woodard, Dist 22
  • State Representative Duane Hall, Dist. 11
  • Michael Tiemann, CEO of Redhat
  • Mayor Darryl Moss, Creedmoor
  • Dr. Susan R. DeLaney, N.D., Medical Advocates for Healthy Air 
  • Rev. Steve Halstead, Pastor, Community United Church of Christ
  • Danielle Adams, Durham County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor
  • Daniel Dayton, Old Milburnie Farm

After the rally folks went into the center and over 100 people signed up to speak with around 400 in attendance.

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The final count (if I did my math correct) was 78 against fracking and 8 for. Clearly folks came out in force to express their issues with fracking. Residents were concerned about setbacks, contamination of our drinking water, air pollution, and the lack of oversight in the rule making process. Many called for a moratorium to be reinstated.

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We had some great Sierrans speak including Capital Group excom/leader Harvey Richmond, Marvin Woll (he ask who thought the rules were inadequate and you can see in the picture most folks agreed!) from the Capital Group, and Jon Sheline from the Headwaters group among many others who spoke. If I missed you, please let me know! And thanks to all the folks who got the word out. See some pictures below.

This was the first in the upcoming MEC hearings. There will be one in Sanford this Friday and Reidsville next Monday. Check out our online resource for more info on the proposed rules.
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Please contact me if you are interested in getting more involved as we move forward on the next phase of the fracking issue. Thanks!

Zachary Keith
Lead Organizer
North Carolina Sierra Club

NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – August 2014

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Friends,

Last night, the state legislature adjourned and left Raleigh until the 2015 session begins in January. We will have a full review of what happened on environmental issues during the session available in next month’s edition of Footnotes.

For this edition, the spotlight is on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, as well information about the public hearings happening right now as part of the public review of the proposed fracking rules.  As always, thanks for all that you do and we hope to see you at our Wilderness Celebration next month at Morrow Mountain State Park!

Cheers,

You staff at the NC Sierra Club


Coal Ash Legislation Passes

The legislature gave final approval yesterday to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, a complex measure that takes steps forward in regulating coal ash as other wastes but also undermines a court ruling that would have required immediate cleanup of coal ash.

It’s time for the EPA to finish what North Carolina started to ensure full protection by adopting strong national standards for coal ash to protect every community in the United States. EPA action is needed more than ever to set a national standard and to stop the piecemeal approach to addressing coal ash waste and contamination across the US.

Click here to learn more about the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 and what it means for North Carolina.

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Public Comments Being Accepted Now on Proposed Fracking Rules

Public hearings on the state’s proposed fracking rules started yesterday in Raleigh. And between 400 and 500 people showed up! There are three more public hearings around the state in coming days where you can give your input on ways to strengthen the proposed rules.

Click here for more information including location details and ideas on things to include in your comments!

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Hundreds of people at the Raleigh hearing on Wednesday in Raleigh give a show of hands for those wo think the proposed fracking rules are not adequate.


Wilderness Celebration in the Heart of Carolina

On September 26-27, the NC Sierra Club is hosting a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  Held at Morrow Mountain State Park, this celebration is centrally located to all North Carolinians wishing to pay respect to past efforts to protect wilderness, as well as to build support to carry on the proud legacy of protecting our wild areas!

Activities include canoeing, hiking, service, birding, fishing, stargazing and a special guided tour of the Kron restoration!

Click here for more event details or to reserve your spot today!

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Clean Energy for Raleigh

The Capital Group of the NC Sierra will soon be launching its Clean Energy for Raleigh campaign.  This exciting project aims to make it easy and affordable for homeowners, businesses, and tax-exempt entities in Raleigh, NC, to go solar and invest in energy efficiency.

The program was recently featured in a Triangle Business Journal article, in which, Chelsea Barnes of the Capital Group makes a very compelling case for going solar.  Click here to read the article.

Click here to learn more about this program and to find out how you can enroll!

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Wilderness Spotlight: Ellicott Rock

Ellicott Rock is unique among wilderness areas in that it is shared among three states: North Carolina (3,394 acres), Georgia (2,021 acres) and South Carolina (2,859 acres).  The area was designated as wilderness in 1975.  It received its name for the “N G” chiseled in a rock by surveyor Andrew Ellicott in 1811 indicating the point of beginning of the dividing line between North Carolina and Georgia.

Click here to learn more about this wilderness area on the Our Wild NC website!

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Upcoming Events and Outings

Fracking Public Hearings (See above for more information)

August 22, 2014 - Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

August 25, 2014 - Rockingham County High School, Reidsville, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

September 12, 2014 - Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center- WCU, Cullowhee, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

Featured Wilderness Outings

There are two featured wilderness outings coming up!  If all of this talk about celebrating wilderness has you itching to get outside, we have two great opportunities for you!

There’s an overnight backpack and camping outing to Cold Mountain & Shining Rock Wilderness on September 5-7 and a wilderness day hike and car camping in Linville Gorge  on September 6-7.

Click here for details and to see all of our upcoming wilderness events!

 

August 24 - 1:00 p.m. – Kayak With Candidates – Neuse River

The Croatan Sierra club is hosting this short paddle up the Neuse River. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early where Glenburnie Road meets the Neuse River with their own canoe or kayak, paddle, and personal flotation device.  The group will paddle past the marsh islands and up the short cypress-lined creeks on both sides of the river there will be time to discuss water quality issues, especially the impact of the Lee Coal Plant upstream in Goldsboro, which has been leaking toxic chemicals for decades.  Sierra Club lobbyist Cassie Gavin, the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves and endorsed General Assembly candidates George Graham, Carr Ipock, and Whit Whitley will be there to answer your questions and concerns about the environment.  You must sign a waiver to participate in this outing.  Bring your own water supply and environmental questions.

For more information and to register, contact Robert Scull at scull1453@gmail.com.

 

August 30 - 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Alpaca Meet & Greet – Chatham County

Come visit an alpaca farm set in the rolling hills of southwest Chatham County and learn about the origin and history of alpacas. Find out why they are called the green livestock and see where your alpaca sweater comes from.The group will visit the animals in their barn as they talk about their basic care and the gentle impact they have on the environment.  Attendees should bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the porch in a relaxed country setting after the tour.

Closed-toed, sturdy shoes are required. Hat and sun protection are advisable. Bring your camera. No pets please. Tour will be held rain or shine. Participation is by advance registration only and is limited to 10 people. Exact meeting location will be provided when registration is confirmed.

To register, please contact Rosmarie: rbrosenbloom@gmail.com

 

September 3, 10, 17, & 24 - 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Walking Wednesdays – Durham

Join Sierrans for a fast-paced, mid-week walk on the Al Beuhler Trail. The trail circles the perimeter of the Washington-Duke Golf Course, offering shade, moderate hills, and natural scenery. The leader will set the pace to complete the 3-mile course in 1-hour although you are welcome to go your own pace and do as many laps as you would like. Standard Sierra Club waiver applies.

Click here for more information.

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Making Public Comments on North Carolina’s Proposed Fracking Rules

This Wednesday and Friday, next Monday, and Sept 12th there will be public hearing on proposed fracking rules for NC. Please try to make one of the hearings and speak out! Here’s some background information about the issues to help you prepare your comments. More information to follow.

Making Public Comments on North Carolina’s Proposed Fracking Rules

Public hearings on the state’s proposed fracking rules start on August 20.  Below is information about the meetings themselves, as well as, information that can help you create constructive comments.

The dates, times, and locations for the public hearings are as follows:

August 20, 2014 – Raleigh Public Hearing

NCSU- McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

August 22, 2014 – Sanford Public Hearing

Wicker Civic Center, Sanford, NC from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

August 25, 2014 – Reidsville Public Hearing

Rockingham County High School, Reidsville, NC from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

September 12, 2014 – Cullowhee Public Hearing

Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center- WCU, Cullowhee, NC from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

There are a wide range of issues related to fracking upon which you may wish to comment. Click on one of the topics below to get more information about that topic.  Feel free to use this information in your talking points.  And if you have any questions about the hearings or other ways you can contribute, please contact Zak Keith, lead organizer for the NC Sierra Club.

Topics related to the proposed fracking rules:

Air Quality

Long-Term Contamination

 

Water

Baseline Testing

Fracking Chemicals

Click here to visit NC DENR’s page where you can read the proposed rules and find more information related to the Mining & Energy Commission.

 

 

Air Quality

Toxic air emissions from fracking operations are a threat to public health and the environment, but the rules proposed by the Mining and Energy Commission fail to take the most basic actions needed to address air pollution. The MEC is authorized to regulate toxic air emissions from drilling operations.

Fracking operations will likely be a source of regional nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. More of these kind of emissions will make it more difficult for the Triangle area to comply with federal air quality standards. The MEC should limit these emissions from fracking operations.

Fracking operations will likely require many diesel truck trips. Diesel truck exhaust contains fine particles and air toxics including carcinogens 1,3-butadiene, acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene and formaldehyde. The MEC should limit these emissions from fracking operations.

There is a federally approved (but not yet required) method of capturing and controlling some toxic air emissions from fracking wellheads – called ‘green completions’. The MEC should require all gas wells drilled in NC to have green completions under rules 5H .1308 (Permit Conditions) and 5H .1614 (Wellhead Requirements).

The MEC should require that fracking operators drilling near high occupancy buildings conduct continuous air quality monitoring to protect public health in Rule 5H .1308.

 

 

Long-Term Contamination

Fracking operations may cause soil and groundwater contamination over the long-term but yet the MEC proposed rules lack effective remedies for neighbors of fracking operations who may suffer these impacts. Fracking operations require storage and use of a variety of chemicals including brines, corrosive minerals and radioactive materials – which, if mismanaged, can cause long-lasting soil and water contamination.

The MEC proposed rules rely heavily on self-reporting of spills and violations and self-corrective actions by fracking operators in 5H .2005.  The MEC should require soil and water testing as a component of a reclamation plan under 5H .2102, with clear requirements for soil and groundwater remediation if contamination is found. The certainty of such testing is best deterrent to non-compliance with 5H .2005.

 

 

Water

Fracking generates huge volumes of wastewater that may contain chemicals, carcinogens and a variety of contaminants.  There is no safe way to dispose of this wastewater in North Carolina and the MEC proposed rules lack critical safeguards to protect public health and the environment from contaminated wastewater. A single fracking well can use up to 6 million gallons of water and much of this water eventually flows back out of the well as flowback wastewater.  The flowback water can get contaminated from chemicals added in for the fracking operations and may include naturally occurring contaminants from underground – like salts, heavy metals and sometimes radioactive materials. Further, NC does not have water quality standards for many fracking contaminants.

The MEC proposed rule 5H .2002 would mandate a state-approved waste disposal plan before fracking may begin. This plan could identify a waste disposal facility for fracking wastewater – but there is no requirement that the facility actually be permitted, built and running. The MEC should require that plans identify facilities that are actually up and running in Rule 15A NCAC 5H .2002(d)(6).

The MEC should disallow transportation of fracking wastewater to any facility that will discharge a contaminant listed by the federal government as a known or suspected carcinogen, teratogen, toxicant or endocrine disruptor. This change would strengthen Rule 15A NCAC 5H .2003(i).

The MEC should require that all wastewater be managed in a closed loop system.

Accidents happen and the MEC rules should be written to protect public health and the environment in the case of spills. The proposed rules do not require operators to submit contingency plans for spills associated with drilling operations. The MEC should require that fracking operations have a spill prevention and response plan for all reportable spills under Rule .2005 as a condition of any permit under .1304.

 

 

Baseline Testing

Fracking operations have the potential to contaminate surrounding soil and water. Baseline data is information collected ahead of time to be used to measure any future changes against. The MEC should require that fracking operators collect extensive baseline data on drinking water prior to drilling to be able to tell if that water is contaminated by fracking. Baseline testing should go along with monitoring requirements to ensure that the state and public can evaluate long-term  impacts of fracking.

NC law requires four samples in the two years following drilling. The MEC should extend the requirement for baseline testing from 2 years to 6 years after drilling.

NC law says that operators are responsible for paying for baseline testing but is unclear as to who is responsible for doing the baseline testing. Nonetheless, the proposed MEC rules say that if an owner does not conduct baseline testing, they waive the legal protections of presumptive liability (meaning that the operator is assumed to be liable for contamination within a certain area unless shown otherwise). The MEC should require that operators implement baseline testing programs utilizing third party labs.

 

 

Chemicals

Fluids used to frack generally contain many chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens. Over 750 chemicals are known to have been used in fracking. Not all chemicals used in fracking operations are required to be disclosed; some are allowed to be kept secret if they qualify as trade secrets.

The MEC should require fracking operators to disclose all chemicals used in fracking operations. At a minimum, the MEC should require disclosure of constituent chemicals and their chemical abstract numbers for all chemicals in drilling and fracking fluids. Further, the MEC should require that when a formula for a fracking fluid is a trade secret,that component chemicals still be disclosed and made public – to ensure protection of water quality.

Time for the fracking industry to come clean

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Tell EPA that the oil and gas industry must disclose the chemicals used in fracking.

Send your letter.

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Dear Friends,

Some recipes are worth sharing, especially when the natural gas industry’s secret fracking chemical cocktail jeopardizes the health of communities across the country.

The EPA has the chance to hold the oil and gas industry accountable by doing two big things — requiring companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking and requiring studies into how these chemicals impact public health. Since the oil and gas industry is fighting any effort to regulate fracking, it is critical that the EPA hears loud and clear that we have a right to know what chemicals are pumped into fracked wells.

Send your letter today. Tell the EPA that the oil and gas industry must disclose all chemicals used in the fracking process.

Knowing which chemicals are poisoning our air and water is a crucial step to reining in this dangerous industry. Complete disclosure gives activists like you, medical professionals and researchers the power to understand the full scope of health impacts from fracking and potentially trace the pollution back to the polluter.

Tell EPA to hold the oil and gas industry accountable and put the interests of our communities and public health first. With your help, we can send 20,000 letters by Monday. 

Thanks for all that you do,

Deb Nardone
Director, Dirty Fuels Initiative
Sierra Club

Tell the EPA – Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution

Citizens from across the southeast are rallying in Atlanta today, July 29th, for Sold-Out Hearings for EPA Climate Plan as the Chamber of Commerce and Big Polluters Cry Wolf Over EPA Plan to Fight Climate Change and Protect Human Health.

Won’t you join them in solidarity and submit comments that Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ARE part of the Climate Solution (see sample talking points below).

Email A-and-R-Docket@epa.gov: Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602 in the subject line of the message.

Thanks so much!

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President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Fact Sheet & link to full plan:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/25/fact-sheet-president-obama-s-climate-action-plan

 

News articles on anticipated EPA proposed carbon rules:

http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-what-to-expect-from-obamas-big-new-climate-rules/

http://www.nrdc.org/air/pollution-standards/files/pollution-standards-report.pdf

http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/nation-world-news/epa-readying-climate-rule-existing-power-plants-deadline-approaches

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/20/epa-power-plant_n_5356784.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-22/obama-divides-power-players-with-rule-utilities-accept.html

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/05/30/3442251/carbon-pollution-rule-attacks/

P.S. Want to submit a quick comment? Click on Tell President Obama and the EPA you support strong climate action!