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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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$10 million in water protection grants offered by Duke Energy

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Duke Energy has announced its creation of $10 million in grants to protect waterways in five Southern states. The grants are intended to improve water quality assurance, wildlife habitat protection and expanded public access to waterways in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, The Charlotte Business Journal reports. They will be distributed ...

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Duke Energy begins coal-ash dredging in Dan River


By Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer  DANVILLE, Va. — With the clatter of heavy machinery, the cleanup of the ash-laden Dan River will begin in earnest this week. The biggest ash deposit yet found in the Dan, following a Feb. 2 spill 25 miles upriver at Duke Energy’s Dan River power plant, lies on the bottom just above Danville’s water intake. The ...

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Duke: Moving Coal Ash Would Cost up to $10 Billion

By Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company’s coal ash away from the state’s rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to $10 billion, with its electricity customers likely footing nearly all the bill. In a presentation to a state legislative committee, Duke’s North Carolina president Paul ...

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North Carolina Regulators Cite 5 More Duke Energy Plants For Lacking Permits


By:  Michael Biesecker RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators have cited five more Duke Energy power plants for lacking required storm water permits after a massive spill at one of the company’s coal ash dumps coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge. The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced Monday that Charlotte-based Duke had ...

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