Fracking

Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

NC State Study: Financial Cost Of Fracking In NC Could Outweigh Benefits

A farm in Lee County, which is expected to be a source of shale gas in North Carolina.
Credit Donald Lee Pardue via Flickr

North Carolina’s economy could gain more from off-shore gas and oil drilling than from drilling on land, and the financial cost of drilling on land could outweigh the benefit, according to a report state lawmakers received on Tuesday.

Off-shore drilling could represent $1.9 billion in economic activity in the state per year for 30 years, according to a report from N.C. State University, which looked at economic benefits like jobs created and drawbacks like environmental risks.  

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Politics & Government
10:03 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

North Carolina Lawmakers Look At How To Tax Fracking Companies

A rig and gas well operation on the Marcellus Shale in Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
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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.

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.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Moral Monday Groups Focus On Mobilizing Voters

Thousands marched to the North Carolina State Capitol building in Raleigh on Saturday morning as part of the Moral Monday movement.
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Organizers of Saturday’s moral march on Raleigh plan to use the event’s momentum to mobilize voters, they say. The event follows last year’s weekly Moral Monday rallies that criticized laws passed by North Carolina’s Republican-led government.  The new focus is on the fall elections.

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Politics & Government
8:33 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Fracking Commission Seeks To Cut Water Contamination Liability For Drilling Companies

A rig and gas well operation on the Marcellus Shale in Scott Township, Pennsylvania.
Credit WCN247 via Flickr

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
6:50 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Governor McCrory Lays Out Priorities For Second Year

Gov. Pat McCrory
Credit Governor's Office

Governor Pat McCrory held a press conference Tuesday to lay out his administration’s priorities in his second year in office. He said he plans to increase teacher pay, though he didn’t say by how much. The governor also said his administration plans to submit recommendations for Medicaid reform to legislators in March. And McCrory emphasized in order to boost the state’s economy over the long term, he’d like to encourage more energy exploration.  

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Politics & Government
9:58 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Panel Recommends Fracking Companies Maintain Some Chemical Secrets

A rig and gas well operation at the Marcellus Shale.
Credit wcn 247 / Flickr

The panel that is writing the rules that may become North Carolina’s fracking laws will not require drilling companies to disclose which chemicals they use to extract gas.

Members of the Energy and Mining Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the rule, which stumped them for more than a year and drew  input from environmental and business groups.

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Business & Economy
6:22 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Business Plans To Scale Back Natural Gas Research In Lee County

A farm in Lee County
Credit Donald Lee Pardue via Flickr

An energy company that’s exploring the potential for natural gas drilling in North Carolina is scaling back research efforts in Lee County. 

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The State of Things
12:28 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Fracking In Western North Carolina?

Worker oversees the process of mixing water with fracking fluids to be injected into the ground in Bakken, North Dakota.
Credit Joshua Doubek, via Wikipedia

 

Jon Elliston, investigations and open government editor for Carolina Public Press; and John Murawski, reporter for the News and Observer talk about fracking in Western North Carolina

  Experts have been looking at the piedmont and coastal plain as a potential fracking zone. 

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Environment
10:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Duke Study Finds Contamination At PA Fracking Site

A rig and gas well operation at the Marcellus Shale in PA
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Groundwater and sediment from a natural gas fracking treatment site in Pennsylvania is contaminated with chemicals and radioactivity.

That'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. 

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Environment
5:14 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

DENR Refuses Federal Water Quality Grants

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

North Carolina environmental officials have said "no" to a federal grant to check water quality in areas where fracking may occur.  The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources says the money from the EPA would only pay for salaries of people brought in to do testing. 

Division of Water Resources director Tom Reeder says DENR doesn't need them.

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