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Area GOP legislators oppose plan to test in WNC for gas

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:03 pm

It isn’t just anti-fracking opponents who believe the state’s quest to identify natural gas deposits in Western North Carolina is a bad idea.

“I think it’s a waste of money. The rock formations in the west are not conducive to shale gas,” said Republican state Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon County, who co-sponsored the bill that lifted North Carolina’s moratorium on fracking.

N.C. House Rep. Nathan Ramsey, R-Buncombe County, is actively trying to stop the state Geological Survey from collecting rocks in the seven westernmost counties. The former chairman of the Buncombe County commissioners broke ranks with his party last spring in opposing the Davis-sponsored legislation.

“Whether you are for fracking or against it, this is not a good use of money,” Ramsey said about the sampling plans. “There is no recoverable natural gas in WNC. The state needs to be focusing its resources on where there may be some.”

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