Environment http://wunc.org en Triad News Update http://wunc.org/post/triad-news-update-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">The <a href="http://greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=84">Greensboro City Council</a> approved a plan directing $65 million toward the development of a performing arts center in Greensboro. Similar venues in&nbsp;Durham and Charlotte have brought revenue and recognition to the cities. Greensboro leaders hope their investment will yield similar rewards.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:00:42 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 32647 at http://wunc.org Triad News Update North Carolina Lawmakers Look At How To Tax Fracking Companies http://wunc.org/post/north-carolina-lawmakers-look-how-tax-fracking-companies <p>North Carolina lawmakers are beginning to look at how they would tax the shale gas drilling companies for extracting gas from the ground in the state.<br /><br />Members of the legislative commission that handles laws on energy heard Tuesday afternoon about how states that allow fracking charge companies for removing gas from the ground.<br /> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:03:30 +0000 Jorge Valencia 31526 at http://wunc.org North Carolina Lawmakers Look At How To Tax Fracking Companies NC Coal Ash Disaster Discussed On Diane Rehm Show http://wunc.org/post/nc-coal-ash-disaster-discussed-diane-rehm-show <p></p><p>Did you miss it? The Diane Rehm Show devoted an episode earlier this week to the coal ash spill in Eden, NC.</p><p>(The spill was caused by a pipe failure at a Duke Energy location. Coal ash is leftover from the process of burning coal. The ash is considered toxic, and is held in ponds. This spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.)</p><p>This was an interesting part of the show, between Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Diane Rehm:</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Carol Jackson 31334 at http://wunc.org NC Coal Ash Disaster Discussed On Diane Rehm Show NC WARN And The John Locke Foundation Team Up For Electricity Competition http://wunc.org/post/nc-warn-and-john-locke-foundation-team-electricity-competition <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><a href="http://www.ncwarn.org/">NC WARN</a>, a progressive environmental non-profit, is teaming up with an unlikely partner: the <a href="http://www.johnlocke.org/">John Locke Foundation</a>. The two organizations share a desire to increase competition in the power industry and challenge Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity in the state.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></div><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:31:51 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31128 at http://wunc.org NC WARN And The John Locke Foundation Team Up For Electricity Competition Raleigh's New Climate Change Hub - How Will It Help Farmers? http://wunc.org/post/raleighs-new-climate-change-hub-how-will-it-help-farmers <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">Earlier this month, Raleigh was selected to host one of seven climate change research hubs in the nation. The hubs will prepare farmers to cope with &nbsp;the effects of climate change on their land.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:42:31 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 30743 at http://wunc.org Raleigh's New Climate Change Hub - How Will It Help Farmers? Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill http://wunc.org/post/duke-energy-coal-ash-spill <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:02:09 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 30138 at http://wunc.org Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill 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 Panel Recommends Fracking Companies Maintain Some Chemical Secrets http://wunc.org/post/panel-recommends-fracking-companies-maintain-some-chemical-secrets <p></p><p></p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:58:31 +0000 Jorge Valencia 29021 at http://wunc.org Panel Recommends Fracking Companies Maintain Some Chemical Secrets NCDOT Evaluates 17 Routes To Complete The I-540 Loop http://wunc.org/post/ncdot-evaluates-17-routes-complete-i-540-loop <p></p><p>The North Carolina Department of Transportation is considering 17 alternative routes to complete construction on the I-540 beltway around Raleigh.</p><p></p><p>Project Manager Eric Midkiff says that's down from hundreds of options the North Carolina Department of Transportation has already considered.</p><p></p><p>In the 1990s, the DOT established a likely location for the roadway.&nbsp;&nbsp; The so-called Orange Route was protected from development in anticipation of the 540 loop.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:48:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27677 at http://wunc.org NCDOT Evaluates 17 Routes To Complete The I-540 Loop Raleigh Is Phasing Out Its Toilet Rebate Program http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-phasing-out-its-toilet-rebate-program <p></p><p>Raleigh residents have until January first to take advantage of the city's toilet upgrade reimbursement.</p><p>Raleigh has been giving out $100 rebates for efficient toilets since 2009. It was part of an effort to encourage water conservation following the severe drought in 2007 and 2008.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:08:08 +0000 Catherine Brand 26571 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Is Phasing Out Its Toilet Rebate Program