Fascism in North Carolina is now a reality as Gov. Pat McCrory extends an olive branch (free pass to pollute) to his former 28-year employer Duke Energy
ASHVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (INTELLIHUB) — In January of 2013, a coal-fired power plant owned by Duke Energy, a billion dollar corporation, was issued an environmental violation notice by a local citizens environmental activist group worried that huge amounts of coal ash stored at the plant are contaminating the ground water.
However, when filing an environmental lawsuit under the Clean Air and Water Acts in North Carolina, a notice to the state is required to be filed which gives state prosecutors 60-days to decide whether or not to step in, becoming the plaintiffs themselves.
Astonishingly, after the notice was submitted by the group on the 58th day (out of the 60-days allotted), the state responded saying how they would take it from there, superseding the activists case under N.C. law. So that’s a good thing right?
Wrong! To no surprise, the state managed to settle out of court with Duke Energy for a grand total of $99,111–hardly a realistic fine for a billion dollar corporation.
Following the first suit, two other lawsuits of the same nature were also filed by the same environmental group in recent months. However, needless to say, those efforts were also blocked–one even on the 60th and final day after notice was legally given.
Making matters much worse, proving that factions and individuals in the U.S. government is indeed rogue and fascist, North Carolina’s newly elected governor Pat McCrory, spent 28-years working for Duke Energy, showing just how “salted” our government posts truly are. Essentially what we have here is a corporation has somehow managed to get their guy or their star player into a position of power, granting Duke Energy a free pass to pollute.
Then unfortunately last Sunday the unthinkable happened, when 82,000 tones of coal ash mixed with 87 million gallons of contaminated water spilled enough toxic sludge into the Dan River to “fill up 73 Olympic sized swimming pools”, according to reports. A total environmental catastrophe.
Disgustingly, 3-days afterward, the bought and paid for N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, put on a show for the cameras claiming how he was the first governor in N.C. history to charge a company with such a fine ($99,111).
There are currently 14 coal plants in N.C. under lawsuit for pollution, although likely the cases will go nowhere as Gov. Pat McCrory appears to be the chief gatekeeper of the state–allowing his former employer a free pass.
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