This Friday is the fourth in a series of public hearings that the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is having regarding the state’s proposed oil and gas regulations. According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, “Each of three previous hearings held in the Piedmont to discuss rules drew hundreds of people, and Friday’s hearing has been moved to the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, the same large building where the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play. There has already been considerable debate over the issue in Western North Carolina.”
Consumer Energy Alliance executive vice president Michael Whatley testified at one of the hearings in August, saying that the new regulations were “a sensible regulatory regime to oversee production of its energy resources.”
The public comment period for the new regulations is set to end on September 30.