North Carolina is about to move one step closer to fracking. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources plans to drill in Stokes County to scope out potential shale-gas reserves in the Dan River Basin.
North Carolina's ban on fracking is expected to be lifted when the legislature reconvenes in January.
A state panel has approved a comprehensive list of regulations for companies that want fracking permits to drill for and collect natural gas in North Carolina. The rules are now ready for consideration by the state legislature.
North Carolina's fracking regulations are getting a final review this month by a state Rules Review Commission. Some rules, like more distance between natural gas drilling sites and drinking water supplies, are appeasing environmental groups. But they say one suggested regulation needs more work: how to store and monitor waste water from the process.
A conservation group is questioning some people who came to a public hearing in western North Carolina to support fracking. The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League has a video showing that the group of supporters from Winston-Salem seemed to know very little about the issue at the hearing late last week in Cullowhee.
Rockingham County residents listen to a legal expert about the importance of finding out who owns the mineral rights on a piece of land before a gas lease is signed. Agricultural agencies in the area held an education meeting about fracking in Reidsville on Monday, August 11, 2014
Gas drilling sites could soon pop up in several counties in the Piedmont. In Rockingham County, residents who live near the Dan River say they recently overcame a coal ash spill, but news of possible fracking near the waterway is raising even more concerns
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The North Carolina legislature has paved the way for hydraulic fracturing or fracking to begin in the state. Rockinghman County is one of the first areas to be considered for the process, and on Monday, August 11, residents will learn what the new law might mean for them.