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Residents Ask for Slowdown on NC Gas Study

North Carolina's study on the potential for a shale gas industry should slow down and focus less on how the practice would be managed and regulated and more on whether it should be allowed at all, speakers said at a public hearing Monday night.

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State Control of Yadkin Could Bring Jobs

Inexpensive energy — like hydro-electricity — is the key to the economic future. Energy equals jobs. That is why the state reclaiming its water rights to the Yadkin River from Alcoa Corp. equals jobs.

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Burdens or Bunkum? Proposed Laws Could Destroy WNC’s Water Quality

Water is a vital regional asset for recreation and scenic beauty and it’s also one of our most powerful economic engines. At a time when “jobs” is the buzzword in politics, conservative politicians are attacking one of our economy’s key building blocks. Trout fishing alone brings in more than $174 million to WNC each year; we also have a thriving white-water rafting industry.

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Clean Water Under Attack

Legislation working its way through congress would severly impair the EPA's authority to impose restrictions on polluters nationwide. This legislation would give the states veto power on a number of water quality concerns that the Clean Water Act currently authorizes the EPA to make — essentially circumventing the EPA's ability to stop states from dismantling water quality requirements simply to lure polluters for economic reasons. These short-sighted gains can only result in severe longterm destruction of our country's natural resources.

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