● James Robinson, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) spoke on landowners' rights and leasing. He manages RAFI's "racking" and landowner rights management project.
● Ellie Kinnaird is a former NC State Senator. Until her resignation from the NC State Senate, Kinnaird represented Chatham and Orange Counties. She was also a member, under the Democrat time of rule, of the NC Energy Policy and Environmental Review Commission.
● Ted Feitshans is an attorney and professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He spoke on compulsory pooling and Hydraulic Gas Drilling.
● James Womack is a Lee County Commissioner and currently serves as the Chair of the NC Mining & Energy Commission.
Three of the speakers gave very informative, fact-based presentations. However, former NC State Senator Kinnaird spewed a diatribe of emotionally-charged, unsubtantiated rhetoric and opinion of "what mights" and "what possibly coulds" that played emotionally to a very vocal minority of hard-core "environmentalists". These are not folks who, like all of us, want to properly steward the environment and blessings we have been given -- but rather the kind of "environmentalists" who would stop all development and energy in the name of their new socialist, religious god, "Gaia".
The science and operation of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has a 60 year worldwide proven history with no incidences of any catastrophes, contamination of water tables, or contamination of well waters. However, a political constituency continues to insist otherwise regardless of the facts. That form of environmental activism is actually socialism and Marxism camouflaged as environmentalism in its worst form.
Hopefully, these extraction techniques will bring a new burst of prosperity and wealth to Moore County and Lee County. Hopefully these technologies will bring a new era of energy independence to the United States. The Triassic shale formations offer a bounty to the local economy and prosperity from resources the Lord gave us during the early creation of this world. These bounties can be reaped with great benefit and extremely minimal risk when prudent laws and careful contractual negotiations by our local landowners are in place.