Natural Gas http://wunc.org en Some Energy Speculators Drop Drilling Leases In Lee County http://wunc.org/post/some-energy-speculators-drop-drilling-leases-lee-county <p></p><p>Energy speculators snapped up natural gas drilling leases over Lee County's Triassic shale in a frenzy in 2009. But some energy speculators have begun relinquishing their claims.</p><p></p><p>In February, Denver-based WhitMar Exploration walked away from a leasing agreement for more than 2,700 acres. That's according to records at the Lee County Register of Deeds.</p><p></p><p>WhitMar declined to comment to WUNC, but told other media outlets that North Carolina is moving too slowly on hydraulic fracturing.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:56:27 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33647 at http://wunc.org Some Energy Speculators Drop Drilling Leases In Lee County Duke And Piedmont Want Another Gas Pipeline http://wunc.org/post/duke-and-piedmont-want-another-gas-pipeline <p></p><p>Two major energy companies want to build a second natural gas pipeline into North Carolina.</p><p></p><p>Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas are soliciting proposals for a pipeline that could carry 900 million cubic feet of gas per day.</p><p></p><p>Duke is shifting a significant portion of its energy portfolio from coal into natural gas. Piedmont transports gas for both companies via the Transco line from the Texas gulf.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33247 at http://wunc.org Duke And Piedmont Want Another Gas Pipeline Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies http://wunc.org/post/fracking-commission-seeks-cut-water-contamination-liability-drilling-companies <p>The head of the commission appointed to write North Carolina’s rules for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas asked lawmakers Tuesday to halve the area for which drilling companies would be responsible in case of water contamination.<br /><br />James Womack, chairman of the state’s Energy and Mining Commission, asked that drilling companies be held liable for contamination up to 2,500 feet from excavation sites. Under Senate Law 143, which was signed in 2012, mining companies are liable up to 5,000 ft.<br /> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:33:21 +0000 Jorge Valencia 30054 at http://wunc.org Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies Duke Study Finds Contamination At PA Fracking Site http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-finds-contamination-pa-fracking-site <div><p>Groundwater and sediment from a natural gas fracking treatment site in Pennsylvania is contaminated with chemicals and radioactivity.</p></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That&#39;s the finding of a new study at Duke University. Researchers examined the quality of shale gas wastewater from hydraulic fracturing in the stream water above and below a disposal site about an hour east of Pittsburgh.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:05:46 +0000 Eric Hodge 23542 at http://wunc.org Duke Study Finds Contamination At PA Fracking Site Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy http://wunc.org/post/connecting-hog-farms-pipelines-could-streamline-methane-gas-energy <p>Researchers at Duke University say they have shed more light on the prospects of using hog waste to produce energy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:26:07 +0000 Will Michaels 14480 at http://wunc.org Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy What Is The Future Of Fracking In North Carolina? http://wunc.org/post/what-future-fracking-north-carolina <p></p><p>The natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has been a source of debate and contention in the state for quite some time now. It involves drilling horizontally through thousands of feet of shale and blasting the shale with water, sand and chemicals to release natural gas. Several states allow the process, some are in the process of figuring out how to regulate it, and some, like New York, have placed a moratorium on the process due to environmental concerns. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:10:37 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 14219 at http://wunc.org What Is The Future Of Fracking In North Carolina? 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? New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal http://wunc.org/post/new-emissions-standards-could-make-natural-gas-cheaper-coal <p>A <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021%2Fes4001642">new study from Duke University</a> says new air quality standards could spur a shift away from coal power to natural gas as a means of generating electricity.&nbsp; A natural gas boom has already made it almost as cheap as coal to turn into electricity, but when researchers factored in new emissions standards from the Environmental Protection Agency, they found that most coal electricity will become as expensive as gas, even if gas prices rise.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:13:37 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 13234 at http://wunc.org New Emissions Standards Could Make Natural Gas Cheaper Than Coal Lee County Residents Ponder Fracking http://wunc.org/post/lee-county-residents-ponder-fracking <p>Lee County is one of a handful of central North Carolina areas known to have natural gas reserves. Ever since state legislators passed a law to allow the horizontal drilling method of extracting natural gas known as fracking, county residents have been wondering when and if they’ll see gas wells sprouting up in their backyards. People in the community are divided over what fracking could mean for them.<br> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 2074 at http://wunc.org