Local governments can’t legislate against fracking. A last minute bill came out of the General Assembly leaving no doubts that state government wants hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina.
The final bill approved by the North Carolina General Assembly before it went home this year included language stopping local governments from trying to delay or restrict a new form of natural gas drilling in their backyards.
Stokes County commissioners are taking steps to temporarily block the use of fracking in the region. This comes in response to an outcry by local residents, who are concerned about the possible environmental impact.
The commissioners agreed to hold a public hearing to discuss a three-year moratorium on the drilling method used to extract shale gas resources.
The decision comes two months after state geologists said underground samples in the county show signs of shale gas or oil.
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Greensboro Candidates Forum To Explore Issues Ahead Of Primaries
The League of Women Voters is holding the forum Tuesday with a focus on the mayoral and at-large city council hopefuls. The nonpartisan organization has secured commitments to attend from two of the three mayoral candidates, and all at-large city council candidates.
More than two dozen Stokes County residents spoke to County Commissioners on Monday during a public comment period. The expressed concerns over results of a recent core sample taken near Walnut cove that shows potential shale gas deep underground.
Walnut Cove commissioners are defending their decision to allow a drilling project to assess the Dan River Basin for the presence of shale gas. A public comment meeting one day after the early start of the project turned contentious.
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Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of extracting petroleum trapped in solid rock layers that were previously inaccessible. But how do they do it and how is it different from standard drilling? The politics and environmental planning involved in fracking are beyond the scope of this show, but we will explore what fracking is, and how the petroleum resources got there in the first place.
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.