WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Casey Roman has tackled heavy issues like opioid abuse, prostitution and homelessness in her documentaries and special reports for WECT News. Her latest effort centers around lawsuits filed against hog farms in rural areas including Pender, Bladen and Sampson counties. Neighbors suing neighbors over nuisance-related issues like pig and waste odors, flies, buzzards, and noisy trucks going on and off the property.
“I wanted no part of this story,” Casey says looking back at how she first delved into the issue. “It wasn’t my thing. If we were going to kick down the hog house door and arrest all the pigs, I’d be there in a heartbeat, but this was not my arena,” she added with a smile.
But the more this veteran reporter looked into the claims made in the lawsuits, Casey says she started seeing a disconnect.
"I went and stood maybe a foot from the edge of the lagoon, in front of millions of gallons of pig waste,” she recalls. “I didn't smell anything. At that point, I was like, alright, this is clearly something more than what I've been reading."
You can hear the full podcast conversation with WECT Reporter Casey Roman by clicking on any of the links below. Click here to see “Clearing the Air”, Casey’s most recent special report for WECT News.
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