CUCC co-sponsors "Fracking Stories"

On Tuesday, May 26, members of the Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force and of CUCC participated in “Fracking Stories” - an event featuring six short documentaries that expose the public health and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing, and the ways that communities are coming together to protect their land and water.

Mac reads a letter from someone in Pennsylvania harmed by fracking
Mac reads a letter from the fracking
fields of Pennsylvania
The Justice in a Changing Climate Task Force co-sponsored the event along with Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Appalachian Voices, Clean Water for North Carolina, Working Films, 350 Triangle, and Sierra Club Capital Group.

North Carolina lifted a moratorium on fracking last year, but has yet to issue any permits.  The “Fracking Stories” event was an opportunity to hear about fracking issues and anti-fracking successes across the US.  We learned about the issues, talked with other community members, and discussed we can help keep fracking out of North Carolina.

Skip discusses points he made to the Energy & Mining Commission
Skip discusses comments he made at
a fracking rules hearing
In addition to viewing and discussing the documentaries, three CUCC members also presented at the event.  Mac Hulsander read a letter from a friend in Dimock, PA, about the social and financial losses from fracking in their state.  Skip Stoddard provided some of his NC-specific geology expertise to show that, due to our unique geology and diabase dike formations, fracking in NC is more dangerous to the aquifer than is fracking in PA and some other states.  Gary Smith reported the good news that in addition to working against the use of fossil fuels and fracking, CUCC is installing a 9.2 kW solar array on our Fellowship hall this summer to decrease our fossil fuel use.

Gary stands next to CUCC's solar array banner
Gary announces completed fundraising
for CUCC's Solar Array Project
Other “Fracking Stories” events will take place across the state from mid-May to mid-June in Wadesboro, Asheville, Durham, Fayetteville, Pembroke, Raleigh, Salisbury, Sanford, Wilmington, Pittsboro, and Winston Salem.