SANFORD–Ever since the word “fracking” was put it to being, it has invited controversy locally and across the United States. Now, service on a “fracking board” is drawing criticism. According to WRAL, a state government watchdog and a Lee County resident are calling for local native Ray Covington, an appointee to a new board that oversees natural gas exploration in North Carolina, to be replaced. On a recommendation from state representative Mike Stone, House speaker Thom Tillis recently named Covington, now a Guilford County resident, to the 15 member Energy and Mining Commission. Jane Pinsky, director of the N.C. Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform, and local resident Laura Johnson, says his service is a conflict on interest and he should be removed. Records show that his family gave $1000 to Stone’s campaign.
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