Scientists have learned that the US fracked gas boom has become a leading driver of recent global heat records and that cutting methane emissions from the fracking system is vital to averting runaway climate change – and it’s cost-effective.
Duke Energy and the Koch brothers are driving the fracking boom and suppressing media coverage, so we held a statewide campaign in 2017 – the Emergency Methane Action (EMA) – including a resolution calling for state action, a series of educational events and opportunities for public involvement.
Seventy-seven state and national groups and individuals, including the North Carolina NAACP, Food & Water Watch, Clean Air Carolina and the Board of Commissioners of Chatham and Orange Counties, signed a letter to Governor Roy Cooper calling on him to ban the use of fracked gas in North Carolina.
Watch the press conference we held at the Governor’s office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, then-president of the NC NAACP.
Fracked gas doesn’t just dribble out. This video shows intentional venting of methane from a natural gas pipeline and compressor station during maintenance operations. Such events can last from several minutes to days. Special thanks to Earthworks for use of the video.
Fracking & Climate Chaos vs. A Clean Energy Path
On May 4, 2017 at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, NC WARN hosted a forum on fracking and alternatives to climate-busting natural gas.
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch and author of Frackopoly, talked about the many harms of fracking and the history of oil and gas industry influence over US energy policy.
Energy expert Bill Powers gave a sneak preview of his forthcoming report for NC WARN – NC Clean Path 2025 – that will outline a feasible clean energy path that could enable North Carolina to virtually eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 2030 and achieve 50 percent reduction by 2025.
Durham poet and justice activist Dasan Ahanu performed two of his poems.