Nothing should surprise me anymore, but I confess, this did. It seems so many anti-frackers turned up at the NC Mining and Energy Commission public hearings that someone decided Steps Had To Be Taken.
Homeless men unfamiliar with fracking were bused from Winston-Salem to a state hearing Friday on the controversial technique for extracting natural gas, an effort to bolster a pro-fracking turnout, according to an environmental group and a published report.
"They were clueless," said Bettie "Betsy" Ashby, a member of the Jackson County Coalition Against Fracking. "At least two of them I met definitely came from a homeless shelter. One of them even apologized to me and said, 'I didn't know they were trying to do this to me.' One said, 'I did it for the...' and then he rubbed his fingers together like 'for the money.'"
Several of the men were wearing turquoise shirts or hats that said "Shale Yes" on the front and "Energy Creates Jobs" and "N.C. Energy Coalition.com" on the back.