The tea party in NC: taxing North Carolina with both hands, the chemicals used in FRAC and how social media handled the news

Raleigh, NC—it amazes me how much and how often history has a way of repeating itself.  If you tell a lie big enough, and if you tell it long enough, people will begin to believe.

The tea party led Republicans certainly know this to be true.   For the last four years, Republicans have campaigned on a theme of lower taxes, more fiscal responsibility and more jobs.

3And, over the last four years– I have said over and over that we are still waiting for a meaningful jobs bill to come out of the North Carolina Gen. assembly.

Instead of the jobs bill, instead of fiscal responsibility and instead of lower taxes for those of us in the Tar Heel state who live paycheck to paycheck– we are faced with ever increasing  taxes, less job opportunity than ever before, higher utility rates from a Republican Party that just doesn’t give a damn about the working class.

Thanks to the GOP, starting July 1, North Carolinians will pay on average 7% more on their utility bill than they’ve ever paid before thanks to a new sales tax voted in by the tea party led Republican Party.

1The Republicans have changed occupancy tax to now include homeowners who rent rooms or who rent their whole house for a few weeks at a time during special events. I’m specifically talking about the United States Open that will be played in Pinehurst a few weeks from now.  For years, homeowners have looked forward to making a little extra cash during that event by renting their house out to the crowds that 2come for the event.  Up until now, those homeowners were not required to charge an occupancy tax to the guest.  Well they will this year.  

4Last year, the Republicans lowered tax on corporations and at the same time did away with tax incentives and earned income credit’s for those in North Carolina who could least afford it

But wait there’s more!  18Thanks to the Republicans, electronic cigarettes will now be taxed for the first time ever.  Modular homes will now have a higher tax and there will be a higher fee on commercial fishing licenses, hospitals, large truck purchases and alcohol.

But as quickly as speaker of the house Thom Tillis rushed the Omnibus tax bill for the house, fast track fracking was even faster.

6The outnumbered Democrats were somewhat able to slow it down but they weren’t able to stop motion after motion made by the Republican Party.  As Thom Tillis said in a monotone voice “this motion is not debatable.”

Quickly after the House passed the fracking bill– it was hurried into the Senate where it was passed without debate.

All the while, Republican spin doctors were perched on social networks spurting out misinformation about the fracking bill, teacher pay and the budget.  Welcome to North Carolina-first in fright.  5

Chemical used in frac:

Chemical Name
CAS
Chemical Purpose
Product Function

Hydrochloric Acid
007647-01-0
Helps dissolve minerals and initiate cracks in the rock
Acid

Glutaraldehyde
000111-30-8
Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
Biocide

Quaternary Ammonium Chloride
012125-02-9
Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
Biocide

Quaternary Ammonium Chloride
061789-71-1
Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
Biocide

Tetrakis Hydroxymethyl-Phosphonium Sulfate
055566-30-8
Eliminates bacteria in the water that produces corrosive by-products
Biocide

Ammonium Persulfate
007727-54-0
Allows a delayed break down of the gel
Breaker

Sodium Chloride
007647-14-5
Product Stabilizer
Breaker

Magnesium Peroxide
014452-57-4
Allows a delayed break down the gel
Breaker

Magnesium Oxide
001309-48-4
Allows a delayed break down the gel
Breaker

Calcium Chloride
010043-52-4
Product Stabilizer
Breaker

Choline Chloride
000067-48-1
Prevents clays from swelling or shifting
Clay Stabilizer

Tetramethyl ammonium chloride
000075-57-0
Prevents clays from swelling or shifting
Clay Stabilizer

Sodium Chloride
007647-14-5
Prevents clays from swelling or shifting
Clay Stabilizer

Isopropanol
000067-63-0
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent
Corrosion Inhibitor

Methanol
000067-56-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent
Corrosion Inhibitor

Formic Acid
000064-18-6
Prevents the corrosion of the pipe
Corrosion Inhibitor

Acetaldehyde
000075-07-0
Prevents the corrosion of the pipe
Corrosion Inhibitor

Petroleum Distillate
064741-85-1
Carrier fluid for borate or zirconate crosslinker
Crosslinker

Hydrotreated Light Petroleum Distillate
064742-47-8
Carrier fluid for borate or zirconate crosslinker
Crosslinker

Potassium Metaborate
013709-94-9
Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
Crosslinker

Triethanolamine Zirconate
101033-44-7
Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
Crosslinker

Sodium Tetraborate
001303-96-4
Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
Crosslinker

Boric Acid
001333-73-9
Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
Crosslinker

Zirconium Complex
113184-20-6
Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
Crosslinker

Borate Salts
N/A
Maintains fluid viscosity as temperature increases
Crosslinker

Ethylene Glycol
000107-21-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Crosslinker

Methanol
000067-56-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Crosslinker

Polyacrylamide
009003-05-8
“Slicks” the water to minimize friction
Friction Reducer

Petroleum Distillate
064741-85-1
Carrier fluid for polyacrylamide friction reducer
Friction Reducer

Hydrotreated Light Petroleum Distillate
064742-47-8
Carrier fluid for polyacrylamide friction reducer
Friction Reducer

Methanol
000067-56-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Friction Reducer

Ethylene Glycol
000107-21-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Friction Reducer

Guar Gum
009000-30-0
Thickens the water in order to suspend the sand
Gelling Agent

Petroleum Distillate
064741-85-1
Carrier fluid for guar gum in liquid gels
Gelling Agent

Hydrotreated Light Petroleum Distillate
064742-47-8
Carrier fluid for guar gum in liquid gels
Gelling Agent

Methanol
000067-56-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Gelling Agent

Polysaccharide Blend
068130-15-4
Thickens the water in order to suspend the sand
Gelling Agent

Ethylene Glycol
000107-21-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Gelling Agent

Citric Acid
000077-92-9
Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
Iron Control

Acetic Acid
000064-19-7
Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
Iron Control

Thioglycolic Acid
000068-11-1
Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
Iron Control

Sodium Erythorbate
006381-77-7
Prevents precipitation of metal oxides
Iron Control

Lauryl Sulfate
000151-21-3
Used to prevent the formation of emulsions in the fracture fluid
Non-Emulsifier

Isopropanol
000067-63-0
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Non-Emulsifier

Ethylene Glycol
000107-21-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Non-Emulsifier

Sodium Hydroxide
001310-73-2
Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
pH Adjusting Agent

Potassium Hydroxide
001310-58-3
Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
pH Adjusting Agent

Acetic Acid
000064-19-7
Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
pH Adjusting Agent

Sodium Carbonate
000497-19-8
Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
pH Adjusting Agent

Potassium Carbonate
000584-08-7
Adjusts the pH of fluid to maintains the effectiveness of other components, such as crosslinkers
pH Adjusting Agent

Copolymer of Acrylamide and Sodium Acrylate
025987-30-8
Prevents scale deposits in the pipe
Scale Inhibitor

Sodium Polycarboxylate
N/A
Prevents scale deposits in the pipe
Scale Inhibitor

Phosphonic Acid Salt
N/A
Prevents scale deposits in the pipe
Scale Inhibitor

Lauryl Sulfate
000151-21-3
Used to increase the viscosity of the fracture fluid
Surfactant

Ethanol
000064-17-5
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Surfactant

Naphthalene
000091-20-3
Carrier fluid for the active surfactant ingredients
Surfactant

Methanol
000067-56-1
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Surfactant

Isopropyl Alcohol
000067-63-0
Product stabilizer and / or winterizing agent.
Surfactant

2-Butoxyethanol
000111-76-2
Product stabilizer
Surfactant

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About George Fisher

George is a freelance writer, an author and a Democratic political consultant. He has worked as Deputy Communications Director for a Senatorial campaign and Campaign Manager for several NC House races and one congressional race. He previously worked as a news producer for a local television station.
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One Response to The tea party in NC: taxing North Carolina with both hands, the chemicals used in FRAC and how social media handled the news

  1. barbdant123 says:

    Good article George.  Will be sharing this info.  And by the way, are you going to do an article on the Voter suppression in Wilson.   I smell fish when you put an active Tea Partier, i.e. Bobby Pittman, in Precinct N, a predominantly African American precinct.  And we wonder why the woman did not get to vote.  Duh?  Tea Party voter suppression is well and alive in Wilson County for sure.   And that is the Bobby Pittman, friend of Joel Killion.   What was Gary Proffitt thinking? Or was he strongly influenced by  Killion?   I bet he wished Killion was removed when we tried to oust him in December.  Anyway, just wondering if you were up to an article on the infiltration of the Tea Party in Wilson County?  Have a good one, I need to go cut my grass.

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