Fracking North Carolina http://wunc.org en NC General Assembly Summary: Wednesday, May 28 http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-summary-wednesday-may-28 <p>North Carolina lawmakers continued moving quickly through their short legislative session on Wednesday. A brief summary on teacher pay, fracking and taxes:<br />&nbsp;<br />Republican Senate leaders came out with a plan to raise teacher pay. On average, they want to offer an 11 percent raise. But teachers would only be eligible if they give up their tenure. Senators say the state would spend close to half a billion dollars, and are expected to elaborate today on where that money will come from.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 29 May 2014 01:47:36 +0000 Jorge Valencia 36332 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Summary: Wednesday, May 28 NC Senate Committees Move State One Step Closer To Fracking http://wunc.org/post/nc-senate-committees-move-state-one-step-closer-fracking <p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 11:43:02 +0000 Jorge Valencia 35869 at http://wunc.org NC Senate Committees Move State One Step Closer To Fracking Five Actions NC Lawmakers Want To Take On Fracking This Spring http://wunc.org/post/five-actions-nc-lawmakers-want-take-fracking-spring <p></p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:50:25 +0000 Jorge Valencia 35186 at http://wunc.org Five Actions NC Lawmakers Want To Take On Fracking This Spring Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake http://wunc.org/post/environmental-issues-update-future-nc-coal-ash-fracking-and-jordan-lake <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission has finalized their recommendations on fracking in the state to the General Assembly. Critics argue the commission needs more time as the health effects of fracking are unknown. In addition, the state commission tasked with deciding the methods of Jordan Lake clean-up remains undecided on next steps. And Governor McCrory proposes legislation to close or convert the state’s 33 coal ash ponds.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:01 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 33975 at http://wunc.org Environmental Issues Update: The Future of NC Coal Ash, Fracking, And Jordan Lake NC’s Mining Commission Is On Track To Usher Fracking Wells By Spring 2015 http://wunc.org/post/nc-s-mining-commission-track-usher-fracking-wells-spring-2015 <p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:06:52 +0000 Jorge Valencia 33936 at http://wunc.org NC’s Mining Commission Is On Track To Usher Fracking Wells By Spring 2015 North Carolina’s Rules On Fracking To Be Completed This Year, Well Permits To Be Issued Next Year http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-s-rules-fracking-be-completed-year-well-permits-be-issued-next-year <p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:40:42 +0000 Jorge Valencia 33876 at http://wunc.org North Carolina’s Rules On Fracking To Be Completed This Year, Well Permits To Be Issued Next Year Fracking In Western North Carolina? http://wunc.org/post/fracking-western-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Experts have been looking at the piedmont and coastal plain as a potential fracking zone.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:28:17 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 26180 at http://wunc.org Fracking In Western North Carolina? Fracking North Carolina: Could Neighbors Be Forced To Frack? http://wunc.org/post/fracking-north-carolina-could-neighbors-be-forced-frack <p>Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a relatively new technology. It involves drilling horizontally through thousands of feet of shale and blasting the shale with water, sand and chemicals to release natural gas. The state’s <a href="http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mining-and-energy-commission/">Mining and Energy Commission</a> is coming up with new regulations for the gas industry, and revisiting some old ones. Among the most contentious regulations are those for what’s called forced or <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Hlb0XygS0">compulsory pooling</a>. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Richard Ziglar 14152 at http://wunc.org Fracking North Carolina: Could Neighbors Be Forced To Frack? Fracking North Carolina: What Do We Do With The Waste? http://wunc.org/post/fracking-north-carolina-what-do-we-do-waste <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The price of natural gas has fallen to <a href="http://quotes.ino.com/exchanges/contracts.html?r=nymex_ng">all time lows</a> and is replacing dirtier fuels like coal. &nbsp;So why are environmentalists so concerned about drilling for natural gas here in North Carolina? &nbsp;The process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used to release the gas from the surrounding shale rock brings with it its own environmental problems including massive amounts of wastewater. This is the second story in our&nbsp;“Fracking North Carolina” series.</em></p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Richard Ziglar 13980 at http://wunc.org Fracking North Carolina: What Do We Do With The Waste? Fracking North Carolina: Why Now? http://wunc.org/post/fracking-north-carolina-why-now <p></p><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina has never been a player in natural gas production, but that could change thanks to a new extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Fracking involves cracking shale rock to release natural gas so that it can be pumped out of the ground.&nbsp;</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This story is the first in a special “Fracking North Carolina” series.&nbsp;</em></p><p>There’s a North Carolina sound that only a few dozen people have ever heard: gas escaping from a well in Lee County.</p><p>Standing in front of a well called Butler #3, you can see that it’s a shut-in well, which means it’s been capped with something called a “Christmas tree.” The Christmas tree is only about five feet tall; it’s painted green and it has three shut-off valves coming out of it. It’s set up this way so people can come back and attach pipes to it, but it has been shut off since the 1990s.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:33:37 +0000 Richard Ziglar 13978 at http://wunc.org Fracking North Carolina: Why Now?