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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The new commission that’s writing rules to allow natural gas fracking in North Carolina while protecting neighbors and the environment is getting down to work.

The Mining and Energy Commission created by state lawmakers this year is holding its first orientation meeting on Thursday.

The 12-member panel and state employees working with it will develop new rules on a process called horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing that frees untapped underground deposits of oil and gas.

North Carolina’s environmental agency said in a report earlier this year that fracking could be safe if regulated properly.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated this summer that North Carolina has enough natural gas trapped in shale rock to supply the state for less than 6 years. Earlier estimates were there was a 40-year supply.

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5 Comments on "Fracking rule-making panel in NC sits down to work"

2015 years 10 months ago

You have know idea what you’re talking about. You can’t frack without drilling first, Einstein.

2015 years 10 months ago

A 6 year “state supply” of natural gas is not big – not by a long shot. So is it worth the risk to our environment to frack for the natural gas? At this point I have to say “No” the return is not good enough.

I would, however, propose that off shore (NC) exploration be encouraged. If we find substantial amounts of oil and/or natural gas then I say we should develop those fields. Drilling for natural gas is far less risky to our environment then fracking is.


2015 years 10 months ago

Fracking takes place thousands of feet below the water table. Water pollution in Pennsylvania was closely studied by the EPA and the pollution was caused by sloppy surface activities, not the fracking. As long as normal care is taken st the drill site, fracking is extremely safe.

2015 years 10 months ago

I have seen this movie before

Justin America
2015 years 10 months ago

if we aren’t @ out of oil / energy around the World, why would they be freaking fracking in NC, for a possible 6 year supply of natural gas for the… State!?


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