The drinking water for 2.4 million is at stake

From start to finish, the process of fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, would threaten our waters. Toxic chemicals can leak into drinking water. Spills of harmful wastewater can pollute rivers and lakes. The methane gas stirred loose during the drilling process can end up in tap water, causing it to ignite. In North Carolina, the drinking water for at least 2.4 million people, including more than 400,000 well users, is at stake. 

Thousands of acres have already been leased ...

Out-of-state companies have leased thousands of acres to drill in rural Chatham, Moore and Lee Counties, near the Deep River and the Cape Fear River. Some state leaders are suggesting fracking as far west as the Nantahala National Forest—putting precious mountain streams at risk.

... and drilling could begin as early as May 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers have enacted a new law to allow fracking permits as soon as May 2015. We’re working to build the support we need to stand up to the governor, the gas companies, and leaders in the General Assembly to delay new permits and restore our moratorium on this risky drilling practice. Take action now to keep N.C. frack-free.

Just how risky is fracking?

Check out our fracking expose to learn more about the consequences of fracking across the country.

How we're fighting back

Your financial support gives us the resources to research, lobby and organize more citizen support to win. Your letters, emails and phone calls put pressure on lawmakers to enact a moratorium on fracking in the first place.

By taking action and sending a message to North Carolina decision-makers, we can show them North Carolinians don't want fracking in our state. Together, we can keep our moratorium and protect our drinking water, our rivers and our lakes. 

Issue updates

News Release | Environment North Carolina

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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News Release | Environment North Carolina

New plan puts North Carolina in the crosshairs for offshore oil drilling and exploration

Raleigh, NC- Today, Secretary Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) released the five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling, and North Carolina is front and center.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

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.”

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

More Than 50,000 North Carolinians tell Governor McCrory: Ban Fracking.

RALEIGH, NC- More than thirty environmental and social justice groups came together on Tuesday to deliver over 50,000 petitions to Governor Pat McCrory calling on him to reinstate the ban on fracking.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Gov. Pat McCrory ushers in fracking

Raleigh, NC—Fulfilling a foregone conclusion, Gov. Pat McCrory lifted the state's fracking moratorium today, signing into law a contentious bill that will permit the controversial form of drilling as soon as May of 2015.

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