Regulation Review Begins For NC "Fracking" Study

A review of North Carolina's oil and gas industry regulations is being conducted by an outside group in keeping with a law to study potential drilling for underground natural gas deposits.

The nonprofit organization called the State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations -- or STRONGER -- began its work Monday in Raleigh to examine programs against national guidelines.

A member of the public, representatives from the industry and the state, and official observers are completing the review. Recommendations are expected by early February.

The Legislature passed a law this year to study what's called "fracking," in which natural gas trapped in shale is released using water and chemicals underground.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources held a public hearing on fracking this month in Sanford.

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