"Fracking Waste Could Go To N.C. Coastal Towns If Ban Is Lifted"

"Forty years ago, when North Carolina banned using deep wells to permanently dump industrial waste, some thought the issue had been decided for good. Now state lawmakers who want to turn North Carolina into the nation’s next fracking hotspot are reopening the case for injecting brines and toxins deep underground."

"This time, the proposal is shifting the fracking debate from the center of the state, where the energy exploration and economic benefits would occur, to tourism-dependent coastal communities where the disposal wells would have to be drilled.

'That’s where it would be – no doubt about it,' said Rep. Rick Catlin, a Republican from Wilmington who is a hydrogeologist and environmental engineer. 'It’s going to be very controversial.'"

Anne Blythe reports for the Raleigh News & Observer March 5, 2013.

Source: Raleigh News & Observer, 03/05/2013