Demand Resignation of Governor for Allowing Environmental Disaster


Target:  North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory

Goal: Resign for blocking actions to prevent environmental disaster

A coal ash pond in North Carolina recently ruptured and spilled more than 80,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. This environmental tragedy could have been avoided if Governor Pat McCrory had not blocked attempts that were made to force Duke Energy to clean up its dirty and dangerous coal ash pits. We most hold Governor McCrory accountable for his role in causing this preventable disaster.

Before being elected governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory worked for Duke Energy for over 30 years. Perhaps this conflict of interest played a role in influencing the governor to stop three separate Clean Water Act lawsuits that attempted to force Duke Energy to clean up its toxic coal ash pits. Had these lawsuits been allowed to proceed, the tragic 80,000-ton coal ash spill may have been prevented.

The three lawsuits brought forth in 2013 by the Southern Environmental Law Center sought to force Duke Energy to change the way it stored coal ash and impose real penalties if this did not happen. Led by McCrory, North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources stepped in to protect Duke Energy from any meaningful fines and save it from having to comply with better cleanup standards. This set the stage for the disastrous spill that subsequently occurred.

Governor McCrory’s actions in preventing environmental safeguards that would have been prevented this spill are outrageous. As governor he is charged with protecting the citizens of North Carolina from unscrupulous polluters such as Duke Energy. In this case, he protected his former employer at the expense of his citizens. As a result, the clean water that the residents of North Carolina depend on has been compromised. Please sign this petition to condemn Governor McCrory’s actions and urge him to resign as governor of North Carolina.


Dear Governor Pat McCrory,

I was appalled to learn that you blocked lawsuits against Duke Energy that could have prevented the recent 80,000-ton coal ash spill into the Dan River. As governor of the state of North Carolina you should be doing your best to protect the welfare of the citizens of that state, including their right to clean water and a clean environment. Rather, you have chosen to favor the interests of a huge energy company for which you previously worked in direct contradiction to the responsibility you have to people of North Carolina.

This behavior is not acceptable for one claiming to serve as governor of North Carolina. In light of your recent actions, I urge you to step down from your position as governor of North Carolina.


[Your Name Here]

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