Politics & Government
3:54 am
Tue October 6, 2015

NC Legislation Overrules Local Fracking Ordinances

Hydraulic Fracturing rig
Credit Phoenix Law via Flickr

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.

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9:49 am
Tue September 15, 2015

Stokes County May Put Fracking Decisons On Hold


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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Daily News
8:00 am
Tue September 15, 2015

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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Here are some the stories we're following on this Tuesday morning:

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. 

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3:59 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Stokes County Residents Ask Commissioners For Local Fracking Regulations

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.

A large crowd filled the  Stokes County Commissioners chamber Monday evening to express their concerns about fracking, and its possible effects on drinking water.

That’s because a recent core sample taken near the Walnut Tree community points to the possibility of shale gas in the county.

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10:39 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Crowd Protests Drilling Project In Walnut Cove


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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SciWorks Radio
4:46 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Fracking & The Forces That Create Petroleum

Well heads hooked up in preparation for a hydraulic fracturing operation at a drill pad in the Fayetteville Shale gas play of Arkansas.
Credit Bill Cunningham, USGS

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

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.

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5:19 am
Thu May 28, 2015

NAACP: Fracking, Coal Ash Problems Disproportionately Impact Minorities

Stokes County residents held signs like this one during a press conference in Walnut Cove on Wednesday.

The NAACP says it’s investigating the impact of fracking and coal ash on minority communities.

They held a press conference in Walnut Cove Wednesday where the state is planning to conduct a test drill for natural gas. The site is in a predominately black neighborhood.

Lydia Prysock says her community has already suffered from coal ash pollution. And she says she’s concerned about what lies ahead with potential fracking.

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7:59 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Test Drilling For Shale-Gas To Begin In Walnut Cove

Drilling for shale-gas in Pennsylvania
Credit Nicolas A. Tonelli via Flickr

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.

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11:16 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Commission Approves NC Fracking Rules

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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.

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9:39 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Environmentalists Critical Of Proposed NC Fracking Rules

North Carolina's Mining and Energy Commission says it reviewed more than 217,000 public comments after hearings on the draft rules for fracking this past summer.
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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.

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4:56 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Environment Ranks Low Among Voter Concerns

Credit By Ostroff Law (Fracking Injury Lawyer) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s been a big year for environmental news in North Carolina. First there was a major coal ash spill into the   Dan River in February that raised concerns about water quality. 

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8:26 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Conservationists Cry Foul Over Bussed-In Fracking Supporters

A natural gas fracking rig near Shreveport, Louisiana.
Credit Daniel Foster via Flickr

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.


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SciWorks Radio
5:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Fracking with Bacteria

Colonies of B. subtilis grown on a culture dish in a molecular biology laboratory
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SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

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5:28 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Protestors Say No to Fracking in North Carolina

Rockingham County is one of 14 to 20 counties in North Carolina that could be impacted by fracking.
Credit No Fracking in Rockingham (via Facebook)

Opponents to fracking are protesting ahead of a public meeting surrounding new state regulations  at the Rockingham County High School in Wentworth Monday.

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7:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Rockingham Residents Express Concerns Over Use of Dan River Water For Fracking

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
Credit Keri Brown

Nearly 150 people in Rockingham County gathered Monday night at the County Cooperative Extension Office in Reidsville to learn the facts about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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1:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Rockingham County Residents Will Learn More About Plans for Gas Drilling

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
Credit Penn State Outreach & Online Education's photostream --Marcellus Shale (via Tom Murphy)

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.

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SciWorks Radio
3:06 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Fracking for Gas in North Carolina & the Geology That Made It


SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem. 

Check out this this map to see where the Rift Basins and Subbasins lie in North Carolina.

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