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Lee Commissioners may seek fracking ‘timeout’

SANFORD — Lee County commissioners are expected to consider a moratorium this month that could keep fracking out of the county for two years. Amy Dalrymple, chairwoman of the county Board of Commissioners, said a moratorium similar to the one adopted last month by Chatham County commissioners will be on the Lee County commissioners’ agenda for their Sept. 21 meeting. ...

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Ordinance could delay fracking

PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Commissioners potentially could slow the arrival of hydraulic fracturing in the county at its meeting Monday with a local ordinance imposing a two-year moratorium on the practice. “Part of the county’s rationale is that we’re about to embark on a comprehensive land use plan for Chatham County,” said Commissioner Diana Hales. “It takes ...

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NC commission makes final recommendations for fracking rules

RALEIGH — About a dozen lobbyists, environmental activists and other interested people watched Friday as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission finalized its suggested rules and regulations for the oil and gas industry. The regulations primarily concern the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The commission has worked on researching and writing the rules for two years and recently ...

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EDITORIAL: Approve tougher rules for drilling right away

Natural gas and oil might be hiding under our feet, especially in areas of Lee and Chatham counties that have been identified as promising for hydraulic fracturing. But an expensive and disruptive attempt to find and extract whatever’s there could discover very little. Several geological experts have predicted that outcome, saying our rock layers have marginal potential. Fracking in North ...

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