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NC panel eyes unannounced fracking inspections

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Hearing officers who studied public comments on fracking in North Carolina are recommending that rules be revised to allow unannounced inspections of hydraulic fracturing operations. The report was prepared by three members of the state Mining and Energy Commission for the full board to consider at meetings starting Thursday. Full story...
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McCrory speaks at Wilmington energy summit, discusses latest gay marriage fight

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videoGov. Pat McCrory came to Wilmington Thursday to speak at the Coastal Energy Summit at the Wilmington Convention Center, but the governor was also asked about the latest developments in the fight for and against gay marriage in North Carolina. Full story...
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Public asked to comment on NC oil, gas development

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The public now has a chance to comment on proposed rules for regulating oil and gas development in North Carolina. Officials with the state Mining and Energy Commission are seeking public input and have opened a comment period which lasts until Sept. 15. Full story...
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Residents against wood pellet export

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videoWilmington residents gathered Downtown to speak out against a wood pellet export facility in Wilmington. Full story...
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Passive home in Wilmington opens doors to show how to live green

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A one-of-a-kind Wilmington home opens its doors to show others how to live green. videoIt’s a home designed to be highly energy efficient, called a passive home, and it's gained popularity in Europe and parts of the US. Now the design has made its way to the Port City, and owners say they could not be more pleased with the outcome. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking bill

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Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring. Full story...
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McCrory says he talked energy with Obama

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Gov. Pat McCrory says President Obama's visit to North Carolina this week gave him the opportunity to talk about energy exploration and clear the air about case backlogs within the state's food stamp program. Full story...
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Study offers view of what turbines may look like off our coast

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videoThe horizon off some beaches may soon change in Brunswick County, all in the name of renewable energy. Large wind turbines may be coming our way. Some people say they think its cool. Others say they are eyesores. Full story...
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Public hearing scheduled for proposed Bladen Co. biomass energy facility

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The state has scheduled a Sept. 4 public hearing to gather comments on an air quality permit for a proposed biomass energy plant in Bladen County. Full story...
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3 govs seek reconsideration of offshore oil, gas

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The Republican governors of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are appealing to the Obama administration's choice for interior secretary to open up waters off their states' coasts to gas and oil exploration. Full story...
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