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

Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Fracking by the Numbers

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the United States.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Fracking by the Numbers: New Report First to Quantify Threat of Gas Drilling

Raleigh, NC — As Governor McCrory and members of N.C. General Assembly continue pushing to open up North Carolina to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a new report by the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center called “Fracking by the Numbers” highlights the risks to North Carolina if the current moratorium on fracking is lifted.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. General Assembly Earns a Failing Grade on the Environment

RALEIGH, NC- Nearly two-thirds of the Senate—32 members in total—earned a failing grade this year on standing up for the environment, according to Environment North Carolina’s 2013 legislative scorecard released today.  The grades reflect another year of radical attacks on the state’s air, water and open space protections by N.C. senators.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

General Assembly Retains Fracking Moratorium

Raleigh, NC—Backing down from earlier versions of a sweeping measure on oil and gas extraction in North Carolina, the N.C. General Assembly has voted to retain the state's moratorium on fracking, the controversial form of gas drilling that has long been prohibited in the state. 

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. House breaks promise; approves fracking and drilling

Raleigh, NC—The N.C. House voted for a bill today to allow fracking permits to be issued on March 1, 2015, undoing a key provision of a 2012 law that placed a moratorium on the controversial drilling process.   The bill, S.B. 76, now goes back to the state Senate for approval.

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