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Environmental Issues

April 1, 2017 Presentation: Study of Fracking in North Carolina

The Environmental Issues Team of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties is hosting a presentation on Fracking in North Carolina, on Saturday April 1, 2017, from 10:00 AM until noon, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill.

The presentation is based on a study conducted by the Moore County League of Women Voters (LWVMC) that includes a discussion of the environmental impact of fracking, data on job creation, and potential costs to local communities. Kathy Berquist and Carolyn Mealing, of the LWVMC, will present and lead a discussion on the results of their thorough study. Come with your questions on the possible impacts of fracking on the environment.

The program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

April 29, 2017 Presentation: The status of NC Environmental Legislation and Actions for Advocacy

LWVODC Environmental Issues Team Will sponsor a talk by NC Senator Mike Woodard, who is a member of the Senate Agricultural/Environment/Natural Resources Committee. He will speak to us on the status of NC environmental legislation and on possible actions for advocacy. This comes at a time when substantial changes are being considered. Please join us for this important update and discussion at 10 am - noon at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

LWVODC Activity

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties began an Environmental Issues Team in January of 2016. We have partnered with the Southern Environmental Law Center, North Carolina Conservation Network and the Scrap Exchange to begin our work.

For our first activity we partnered with the Scrap Exchange Reuse Center in their clothing swap. It was a fun way to emphasize the need for reuse, recycling, and controlling runaway consumerism. Clothing that did not find a new home was taken to a nearby thrift store.

Our next event was a Discussion on Coal Ash Disposal in January. Our speaker/discussion leader was Nick Torrey of the Southern Environmental Law Center. We learned about the status of the existing coal ash dump sites, the dangers inherent in current storage methods and about better solutions for disposing of these toxic wastes. As an outgrowth of this event we have posted sites and dates of the state's hearings for public comments on our list serve. Sample letters and talking points for advocates also appeared on our list serve.

We distribute environmental news items and connect our members to opportunities for action on the list serve also. If you wish to be a part of this group, please email Eva Rogers at or Jennifer Rubin at

The League of Women Voters of the United States and the state of North Carolina have long advocated for responsible use of our natural resources. Careful study of issues affecting air and water quality have led to position statements adopted by the League.

* LWVUS position on Natural Resources: Click the following link for LWVUS position on Natural Resources: Impact on Issues 2014-2016 Natural Resources

* LWVNC Environmental Positions: Natural Resources: By recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, wast management, and water resources, the League is able to work to promote an environment beneficial o life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest. Click here for link to the full text

We will be presenting other programs on important environmental issues such as fracking and renewable energy sources that impact the use of natural resources and the protection of public health These will be listed on the LWVODC website and in our mailings to our list serve participants.