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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 panel discusses revisions to fracking rules


RALEIGH, N.C.— The North Carolina panel developing rules on hydraulic fracturing agreed Thursday that regulators should have the explicit ability to halt work if there are violations at a drilling operation. Three members of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission who presided over public hearings on fracking had recommended in a report that the commission and state regulators have ...

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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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