Category Archives: ENVIRONMENT

RECYCLES GONE WILD !!

County’s unattended recycling bins used as dumping grounds! PAMLICO COUNTY – The problem is rampant. Non-recyclable stuff – including rotting garbage and even human waste — contaminate entire bins of otherwise legitimate materials. The result? Forget those warm, fuzzy images of recycles being miraculously transformed into beneficial end products. No way! Instead, loads and loads of contaminated bins are dumped at a transfer station in Grantsboro, ultimately bound for the sprawling regional landfill in western Craven County. Citizen complaints surfaced in June duri…

No swimming in three areas

Runoff, overloaded septic systems likely culprits An advisory against swimming has been posted at three sites in Pamlico County, where state officials found bacteria levels in the water that exceed the state and Environmental Protection Agency’s recreational water quality standards. The advisories affect swimming areas off Janeiro Road. They are located at the public access on the southside of Dawson Creek Bridge in Dawson Creek; public access 500 yards north of Dawson Creek Bridge in Dawson Creek; and the public access in the Neuse River just west of Gatlin Creek. Test results taken…

Thousands of rotting potatoes first thought to be sewer spill

Thick, black, smelly runoff fouls ditches near Vandemere Culled potatoes are often plowed under in agricultural fields. But not so here. This ditch, fill with rotting potatoes, leads to a tributary of Vandemere Creek. HIGHWAY 304 NEAR VANDEMERE – Turns out a hasty and costly Saturday morning sewer line replacement in a ditch near Hollyville Trailer Park was not needed – although the error did not become evident until two days later. Monday morning a small army of trucks from Bay River Metropolitan Sewerage District returned to the site, where an extensive ‘bypass’ of a suspected le…

Southeast’s largest wind farm gets first turbine

Controversial project near Elizabeth City to supply electricity for Amazon A large crane puts the finishing touches Tuesday afternoon on a massive wind turbine – the first of many more planned for a large tract along the border of Perquimans and Pasquotank counties.   Click to enlarge NORTHEASTERN N.C. — As we all know, wind energy has been a highly divisive project in eastern North Carolina. The citizens of Perquimans County have fought vehemently against the construction of wind energy facilities and have sought to deny developers the conditional use permit from the count…

More solar on horizon — Alliance targeted

Small town sets hearing for Aug. 8 From lower left: Town clerk Linda Marshall, mayor Frank Willis, and commissioners Will Riggs and Louis Daniels. ALLIANCE – Not quite a critic but definitely a skeptic, Louis Daniels is one elected official who wants to see all of the details about any proposed solar farm for his close knit, micro small community. The town, which straddles Highway 55 in Pamlico County, has no zoning and few, if any, land use regulations. Typically, local governance here is LAID BACK (with a capital L). That would seem to make a 50-acre farm field, which lies just inside the town…

Feds want more ethanol

Critics hope comment period can derail proposal Gordon Allison, Jr. By Gordon Allison, Jr. News Analysis WASHINGTON, D.C. — Back in 2005, Congress passed a law titled the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires blending of ethanol – a type of alcohol — into our gasoline. It doesn’t matter that ethanol is made mostly from corn, and that its production boosts corn prices and increases pollution in our waterways. Originally, this blending of ethanol and gasoline was called “Gasohol” and it was a 10 percent blend of alcohol with 90 percent straight gas. This is now ca…

Solar Farms headed our way

(Click to enlarge) PAMLICO COUNTY – Two limited liability companies with ties to Santa Monica, Calif.-based Cypress Creek Renewables will soon break ground on large tracts (one behind Food Lion in Grantsboro, and the other near the DPD Concrete Plant in Alliance) in order to construct massive solar-powered generating facilities. Known as Anjuna Solar and Coogee Solar, the operations each have a 35-year lease on their respective locations, and will sell power to Duke Energy Progress. Each facility is expected to cost approximately $10 million with an anticipated output of 10.5 millio…

Creek Keeper launches legislative arm-twisting

Jordon Lake (file photo) By Bill Hines, Creek Keeper NEUSE RIVER – I am asking readers of the County Compass to oppose the state Senate proposals in House Bill 1030 that would block cleanup plans for impaired bodies of water such as Jordan Lake, Falls Lake (headwaters of the Neuse), the Catawba River, and Randleman Reservoir. The premise for the provision – that North Carolina’s nutrient management strategies have not worked and will not work – is false. The strategies have reduced nitrogen and phosphorus pollution input where they have been implemented. The NC Senate has inserted l…

Should we worry about sea level rise? Droz knows!

Scientist to address Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association John Droz, Jr. NEW BERN – Perhaps best known as an anti-wind power activist, John Droz, Jr. will address members of the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association this Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Stanly Hall Ballroom on Pollock Street in downtown New Bern. However, for this presentation, Droz focuses on newly proposed maps to delineate flood plains, which are supposed to reflect a projected sea level rise. Droz, always a well-informed skeptic when it comes to government intervention in our economy, is expected to outline t…

County to State: STOP SPRAYING!

Officials adopt no-nonsense resolution Click to enlarge…
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