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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  • by david s Location: greenville nc on Oct 25, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Please let your representatives know that you do not want fracking in our state. Fracking is a practice not unlike embalming the land. It takes things out of the land, and replaces them with "chemicals" and water. It has been banned by other countries, can cause cancer, and can cause risk of methane explosion.
  • by uh Location: enc on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:13 PM
    There is already plenty of natural gas and oil. Prices are not driven up due to supply, they are driven up due to speculation. Our boys GHW Bush and Alan Greenspan signed off on that one in 1994. With longterm speculation money flooding the market, prices have the luxury of rising regardless of supply. It's market manipulation.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 06:00 PM
    recommend the documentary "Gasland" on this subject. Very eye opening
  • by tug Location: new bern on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    Frack away. Eastern NC needs the jobs. Our country needs the energy. It can be done safely and its cleaner than traditional oil. We have more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has crude oil. Lets go get it.
  • by Ty Location: Gcity on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    A(as in one) PUBLIC Member!!!! Just one person in the avg. pop. is involved with the Review Process!!!?? I suggest STRONGLY looking up the consequences to Fracking. NC will get Fracked alright!!! BEWARE!!
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