NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

State of Things
10:38 am
Fri May 25, 2012

The Fracas over Fracking

Just a few years ago North Carolina state geologists began reporting that prehistoric geologic formations beneath our feet may be good candidates for shale and gas deposits. The only way to release such deposits is through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Other states like Pennsylvania and New York have legalized fracking in recent years, but have had to retroactively enact regulations on the practice. North Carolina wants to do it differently.

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Environment
7:10 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Chapel Hill Public Meeting on "Fracking"

Hannah Shaw outside East Chapel Hill High School
Leoneda Inge

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources got an earful last night in Chapel Hill as the debate over natural gas exploration heats up.  Scientists and everyday citizens packed East Chapel Hill High School to have their say on DENR’s draft report on hydraulic fracturing, sometimes known as “fracking.”  That’s the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.  An overwhelming number of voices at the hearing were against fracking and the negative impact they worry it could have on the environment here.

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Environment
9:45 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Fracking Hearing Draws Hundreds

Opponents and supporters of hydraulic fracturing made their cases at a public hearing in Sanford last night.

Ray Covington of the group North Carolina Oil and Gas said about 600 people turned out to comment on "fracking," the controversial process used to extract natural gas deposits from shale rock. He praised a recent report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, finding that fracking can be done safely in the state with proper regulation.

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Environment
7:25 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Public Meeting on "Fracking" Report

The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is ready to present its draft report on hydraulic fracturing.   This is the controversial process used to extract natural gas from shale rock underground.

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Environment
5:10 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Report: NC Not Ready for Hydraulic Fracturing

State Environmental officials say an independent study concludes North Carolina needs more regulations before some natural gas drilling can take place.

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Environment
5:15 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Thomas Built Buses Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is designating High Point-based Thomas Built Buses as an "Environmental Steward." Julie Woosley is the manager of the state's Environmental Assistance Center. She says Thomas Built recycles 100% of the waste it creates.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

State Releases Environmental Report

There have been significant improvements in air and water quality in the state over the last two decades, according to a new state report.

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Environment
1:10 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

State of the Sounds

The health of the bodies of water that surround coastal North Carolina is being discussed today in New Bern. The state's eight sounds are managed by a program through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Jim Hawhee works for DENR. He says what happens in Raleigh and Durham effects the water in the sounds.

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Environment
10:00 am
Tue October 18, 2011

North Carolina Studies "Fracking"

The debate over hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is heating up in North Carolina.   The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources has the task of preparing a study for lawmakers as they consider whether to allow the controversial drilling technique.  A final report is due in less than a year. Critics of “fracking” want the state to slow down. 

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Environment
6:00 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Cleaning Up Chemicals from Dry Cleaners

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources is evaluating a number of sites around the state deemed hazardous because of spilled dry-cleaning solvent. There's a spill in Carrboro that originated from a dry-cleaner in the 70s that's no longer there. John Powers is the director of DENR's Dry Cleaning Solvent Clean Up Act team. He says the first thing they do when a site is volunteered for clean-up is to evaluate water to find out the extent of the contamination.

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