Medical Advocates for Healthy Air members and staff joined Food and Water Watch, North Carolina, Environment NC, and other partners on Nov 6, in a meeting with Congressman David Price, who serves a heavily-gerrymandered district that includes bits of Burlington, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Raleigh and Fayetteville.
We began by thanking him for co-sponsoring the Protect Our Public Lands Act (POPLA), which would ban fracking on public lands, and spoke to him about concerns that offshore drilling and fracking in our watersheds can have on air and water quality.
Jordan Lake and Falls Lake are of particular concern in North Carolina, and the group asked Rep. Price to communicate with the US Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that these watersheds remain protected.
MAHA’s concern about fracking on public lands goes beyond the typical insults to air quality caused by heavy vehicle emissions and methane leaks. Communing with nature is thought to convey a number of physical and mental health benefits.
If we frack on public land, where will we have left to seek natural beauty, peace and quiet?