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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Thursday, three Republican state senators in North Carolina introduced a bill making it a felony to disclose confidential information about fracking chemicals. The bill, whose sponsors include a member of Republican party leadership, establishes procedures for fire chiefs and health care providers to obtain chemical information during emergencies. But as the trade publication Energywire noted Friday, others could be penalized with fines and several months in prison. The bill also allows companies that own the chemical information to require emergency responders to sign a confidentiality agreement.

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The disclosure of the chemicals used to break up shale formations and release natural gas is one of the most heated issues surrounding fracking. Many energy companies argue that the information should be proprietary, while public health advocates counter that they can't monitor for environmental and health impacts without it.

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"Fines and several months in prison" The traitors get what they deserve

North Carolina GOP

#1 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-19 05:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

Crony capitalism AKA "really existing capitalism."

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-19 05:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

This is simply too extreme.
Anti-fracking people need counseling and medical attention, not prison.

#3 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-19 06:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

And the far right continues to dig an early grave for itself with rampant senseless stupidity and inability to even grok "being in touch."

#4 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-19 07:54 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Spilling fracking chemicals = free market

Discussing fracking chemicals = prison

The bill also allows companies that own the chemical information to require emergency responders to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Wow. Those Republicans are sure looking out for the best interests of the American people and first responders.

For portions of the Republican-controlled North Carolina government to kowtow to the energy industry is not surprising. In February, the Associated Press reported that under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, North Carolina's top environmental regulators previously thwarted three separate Clean Water Act lawsuits aimed at forcing Duke Energy, the largest electricity utility in the country, to clean up its toxic coal ash pits in the state. Had those lawsuits been allowed to progress, they may have prevented the February rupture of a coal ash storage pond, which poured some 80,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River.

"Job creation".

#5 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2014-05-20 04:07 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 6

I really thought two wars for oil was about as desperate as we could get.

Boy was I wrong. We'll poison our own land for oil.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-20 04:35 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Snoof,

American industry has been poisoning our land, air and water for a century in the name of profits. This should come as no surprise.

What is sad is the idiots defending the injection of cocktails of cancer causing chemical into the land and water on behalf of businesses that would sell them poison to drink if they could profit off it.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2014-05-20 08:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

This is a blatant betrayal by these state senators. Mind as well go around their district knocking on doors and punching people in the face if they answer.

What's hysterical about all this is that the "good for business" crowd seems to understand that natural gas is a valuable resource but doesn't seem to understand that clean water is a more valuable resource. Clean water is much more important to our economy than natural gas.

I'm not talking about the politicians. They are bought and paid for and know full well they are acting agaisnt our interests. I'm talking about the useful idiots among the American public who unquestioningly support the energy industry without concern for anything else.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-20 11:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

Just more reasons that when in doubt vote Republicans out.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

"three Republican state senators in North Carolina introduced a bill making it a felony to disclose confidential information about fracking chemicals."

But Obama and the democrats are out to get you and take away your freedumbzzzz.

#10 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-05-20 01:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

"Clean water is much more important to our economy than natural gas. "

Not yet. But after the ground water is either gone or unfit to drink it will be. They are just preparing for when the gas and oil are used up. Water will be next profit opportunity.

#11 | Posted by Species8472 at 2014-05-20 01:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Don'cha love Republicans?

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-05-20 01:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

Do Republicans still have mirrors in their homes? Aren't they too embarrassed to look at themselves?

#13 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is simply too extreme.

#3 | Posted by Diablo

Sure is. I'd love to hear your explanation of why theyre doing it. I mean if fracking is so legal and safe...

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-20 01:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is simply too extreme.
Anti-fracking people need counseling and medical attention, not prison.

#3 | POSTED BY DIABLO

And yet again, Diablo stands on the wrong side of morality.

#15 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2014-05-20 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

I'd love to hear your explanation of why theyre doing it. I mean if fracking is so legal and safe...

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

heavens, Speak. If the frackers were to tell everybody what benign and actually healthy chemicals they use, the hysterical anti-poison crowd would simply fade away and those frackers wouldn't get all this free publicity.

Dribble

#16 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-05-20 02:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Anti-fracking people need counseling and medical attention,"

Because of the illnesses that the fracking chemicals are creating?

#17 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 02:37 PM | Reply | Flag:

News like this must thrill republicans.

It's what they've been fighting for, a totalitarian fascist state.

Boaz must be celebrating.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-20 02:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not much different than Monsanto spending millions to defeat labeling of GMO food. Capitalists want to restrict consumer information.

#19 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-05-20 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 5

I think we need to remind ourselves, North Carolina voters elected these people and will probably reelect them and be glad that they are defeating the evil liberal Democrats who might demand that the chemicals be revealed.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 03:07 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Boaz must be celebrating.

#18 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-20 02:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

He's sitting by the pool sipping a nice Benzine Colada.

#21 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-20 03:30 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 4

"He's sitting by the pool sipping a nice Benzine Colada."

Just imagine what's in that pool.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just imagine what's in that pool.

It's definitely not water.

All water has, by law, been given to "energy companies" to use for fracking.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-20 04:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

When I use water, I'm pretty sure there's an expectation I give it back via the sewers. Fracking water goes away "forever" except when it (frequently) spills on the surface.

Could I legally take tap water and remove it permanently from my water district?

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-05-20 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Fracking water goes away "forever" except when it (frequently) spills on the surface."

Alot of it shoots back to the surface. Don't worry though, the energy companies are handling it properly. There is nothing suspicious at all about their not even telling us what chemicals they are using. There is no way that part of the reason they won't tell us is that if we knew what they were using, it would be easy to point out how poorly they are handling and disposing of the chemicals in question.

And none of it is getting into our ground water either, BTW. If there is one thing we know about water, is that it is very easy to control and never gets into anything unintended.

#25 | Posted by Sully at 2014-05-20 04:47 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The republicans take the blame for this one. The democrats for the Egyptian military coup. Still the same wall st. masters. People just don't want to accept that there is no difference between them.

#26 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-20 07:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The democrats for the Egyptian military coup."

You are out of your mind.

"People just don't want to accept that there is no difference between them.

NOthing to say but you will say it in multiple threads. It makes you look like a fool.

#27 | Posted by danni at 2014-05-20 08:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

The republicans take the blame for this one. The democrats for the Egyptian military coup. Still the same wall st. masters. People just don't want to accept that there is no difference between them.

#26 | Posted by Shawn

You are so friggin confused.

In one post you say REPUBS are blocking fracking information, and then say both parties are the same. If both parties are the same, dems would be blocking fracking info too.

What grade are you in?

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-20 09:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

Not yet. But after the ground water is either gone or unfit to drink it will be. They are just preparing for when the gas and oil are used up. Water will be next profit opportunity.

#11 | Posted by Species8472

Prophetic

#29 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-20 09:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"And yet again, Diablo stands on the wrong side of morality."

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Oldwhiskey To disagree with you is 'immorality'.

#30 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-21 12:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

Oh yeah, explain righty tighty GOP nuts how this makes sense.

#31 | Posted by drewl at 2014-05-21 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

NOthing to say but you will say it in multiple threads. It makes you look like a fool.

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Ad hominum is not an argument. Make a real one or blow away windbag.

No speaksoftly. The 'republicans' job here is to take the blame for the fracking. And they are doing so. And the 'democrats'(obama) did their job in Egypt according to their masters as well, so they take the blame for that fascist imperialism because real liberals have already abandoned the 'democratic' party. There is nothing wrong with my above statement.

One master, two hit men, lots of distinctions, no real differences.

#32 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-21 02:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

No speaksoftly. The 'republicans' job here is to take the blame for the fracking. And they are doing so. And the 'democrats'(obama) did their job in Egypt according to their masters as well, so they take the blame for that fascist imperialism because real liberals have already abandoned the 'democratic' party. There is nothing wrong with my above statement.

One master, two hit men, lots of distinctions, no real differences.

#32 | Posted by Shawn

I know it's fun to make up conspiracy theories without evidence to fit with your absolutist overall view of modern politics, but don't expect anyone to be convinced.

#33 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-21 04:06 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The nsa was a conspiracy theory. That dog don't hunt no more. Find a new trope.

#34 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-21 05:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Republicans are really just the worst creatures on earth. They don't want us to know because the chemicals they are injecting into the ground are extremely toxic. People need to realize what this is going to do to out ground water we so desperately depend on. Shame on republicans scum.

#35 | Posted by ron81 at 2014-05-21 05:52 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The nsa was a conspiracy theory. That dog don't hunt no more. Find a new trope.

#34 | Posted by Shawn

Yes the NSA was a widely known conspiracy theory that many people were talking about before snowden provided the evidence.

So far, you're the only one around here who has ever spouted the theory that democrats and republicans are both equally pro-fracking but have colluded to let repubs take the blame. Your evidence? NONE. People who buy it? NONE.

#36 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-21 08:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Then you are not listening. I said that they are distinct. Hit man A doesn't care about fracking; he takes the blame. Hit man B is useful elsewhere for performing military coups in Egypt. The owners get what they want in both cases. It doesn't matter that one may not like fracking, or not want to overthrow the Egyptian government. What matters is that they use the right hit man for the job, and the owners get what they want every time. Again you deliberately fail to see the forest through the trees. There is no difference between the parties. They both serve the same don.

#37 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-21 09:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

There is no difference between the parties. They both serve the same don.

#37 | Posted by Shawn

Hillarious. This is like the 5th time you've said "the parties are the same" in a post where you then describe differences between the parties. I'm done with you. Of course I'll keep saying it's bullcrap every time you post it (which is every post you make), but I'm done wasting me time trying to engage you with logic.

#38 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-21 10:32 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

No it is not funny that you refuse to get it. But you are correct. There is no point in me attempting to explain it over and over. You don't want to understand it, or you would.

#39 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-22 12:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

The real threat to our freedoms, rights, our welfare, and from corruption originates with corporate interests that can buy our elected officials for a pittance to write laws that put crony profits over country.

The dragnet of NSA surveillance needs to be focused like a laser on such relationships, not on average citizens.

#40 | Posted by Robson at 2014-05-22 09:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

The real threat to our freedoms, rights, our welfare, and from corruption originates with corporate interests that can buy our elected officials for a pittance to write laws that put crony profits over country

#40 | Posted by Robson

That corrupt corporate/government relationship is AUTOMATICALLY created when you combine capitalism with private election funding.

Corporation are required to do whatever they can to increase profits, and buying off elected representatives is one method of doing that.

Public election funding would fix it almost overnight, but repubs will never allow it.

#41 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-05-22 11:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

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