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Fracking provision placed in early-morning ‘technical’ bill

RALEIGH, N.C. — People unhappy with a new law making clear North Carolina cities and counties are handcuffed in passing fracking restrictions also don’t like how the legislation passed in the final minutes of this year’s General Assembly.

It was contained in the final “technical corrections” bill disclosed publicly about 4 a.m. last Wednesday. Previous Senate and House versions of the bill never contained the provision that surfaced after early-morning negotiations. The omnibus bill passed with little debate. The fracking provision was never heard in an open committee.

Chatham County Commissioner Jim Crawford says that’s not the way democracy should work.

Mecklenburg County Sen. Bob Rucho backed the provision. He says it met the definition of a “technical correction” by clarifying what he called the original intent of a 2014 fracking law.

In related news, Law bars local fracking regulations.

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