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Proposed bill puts limit on fracking

RALEIGH – A Piedmont Triad legislator has filed a bill that would prevent companies from being able to drill for natural gas on a person’s property without the landowner’s consent. Current law would allow the state to compel an unwilling property owner to participate in a drilling operation, a process called compulsory or forced pooling. Residents in areas with natural ...

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NC set to lift fracking moratorium, but prospects for drilling remain iffy

After four years of heated debate, North Carolina stands on the cusp of lifting its fracking moratorium and opening the state’s woodlands and meadows to shale gas exploration. The state legislature, which convenes next month, is expected to let energy developers start pulling drilling permits as early as April, and no later than autumn. But the imminent end of the ...

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NC fracking rules may not all pass muster

North Carolina’s fracking regulations may not all pass muster in their final review this month before the proposed safety rules are forwarded to the state legislature for approval by Jan. 1, a deadline set by state law. A staff recommendation issued Wednesday to the N.C. Rules Review Commission said three of the 124 rules require more public hearings and should ...

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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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NC fracking panel to revise some safety rules after public comments

The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission was flooded with more than 200,000 public comments on its proposed safety standards for shale gas exploration in the state, but the commissioners are not likely to act on the public’s most sweeping demands to curtail fracking. The commission will consider tightening several important safety standards, however, such as the minimum distance required between ...

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