Gov. Pat McCrory’s response to the massive coal ash spill into the Dan River points to the potentially dire effects on a major source of drinking water for North Carolina citizens. The environmental disaster involving Duke Energy, the governor’s former employer, further highlights the need for extreme caution regarding another potential threat to the state’s water resources — the process for natural gas exploration known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Friday issued violation notices and enforcement recommendations to Duke Energy nearly a month after the company’s coal ash spill was discovered on Feb. 2.
The DENR cited Duke Energy for several violations of water quality laws, rules and permit conditions. For violations related to a lack of proper federal stormwater discharging permits, the company can be fined up to $25,000 per day, according to Friday’s DENR notice.
For the complete article, please pick up a copy of The Daily Reflector. Current home delivery and electronic edition subscribers may log in to access this article at no charge. To become a subscriber, please click here or contact Customer Service at (252) 329-9505.