Fracking Regs Clear NC Rules Review Commission

New fracking regulations written by the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission passed through the Rules Review Commission on December 17, despite concerns from commission staff that three of the rules failed to meet state standards and require public review, according to News Observer. The commission rejected this analysis and proceeded to approve the rules… More »


Jackson County, N.C., Renews Ordinance to Block Fracking

On Monday, Jackson County, N.C. commissioners voted 3-2 to uphold a 2002 ordinance that prohibits fracking in the county. County commissioners believe the ordinance offers “sufficient protection” and that an additional non-binding resolution would be ineffective, according to WLOS Asheville. The 2002 ordinance effectively bans fracking by placing permitting limitations on asphalt plants, junkyards, heavy… More »


NC Oil and Gas Hearings Conclude on Friday

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… More »


Hearings on NC Oil and Gas Regs Begin

A series of hearings on North Carolina’s proposed oil and gas drilling regulations begin this week. There are four scheduled hearings, the first of which will take place in Raleigh on Wednesday, followed by hearings in Sanford, Reidsville, and Cullowhee.   From the News and Observer: “Even though the rule set runs 174 pages, most… More »