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North Carolina officials want local control of fracking

Raleigh, NC- More than 70 mayors, county commissioners, city councilors, and other elected officials from communities across North Carolina issued a letter to Governor Pat McCrory today, calling for the local authority to limit and prohibit dangerous fracking operations. The letter’s release follows another bill passed by the legislature to constrict local authority of the drilling practice.

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On day NC fracking permits can be issued, new report details massive PA fracking violation

Raleigh, NC- On the first day that fracking permits can be issued, a report released today documented more than one thousand environmental violations by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania. The report, titled “Fracking Failures,” analyzed permit violations over the last three years. Joining Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center at the release were several concerned legislators, including legislators from the areas at the center of the fracking debate.

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Fracking air pollution standards ‘optional’ in House bill

Raleigh, NC- The North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill today that removes a mandate requiring the state to create air pollution rules for the fracking industry.

HB 157, introduced by Rep. Mike Hager (R- Rutherford), instructs the NC Environmental Management Commission (EMC), to issue air pollution rules around fracking, only if deemed necessary.

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Commission approves final fracking rules, leaves public comment out

Raleigh, NC.- After just three meetings of deliberation, the Mining and Energy Commission finalized its package of 120 rules to govern fracking, the controversial driling technique that could begin in North Carolina as soon as May of next year. Commissioners made few changes to reflect the more than 217,000 public comments they received.
 
“These rules are a totally inadequate, and the process by which they've been rushed through to adoption is irresponsible," said Liz Kazal, Environment North Carolina field associate. “These rules make clear that the only way to truly protect our air and water is to keep fracking out of the state.”