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

Senate lawmakers approve fracking bill

Raleigh, NC—Having delayed a final vote two days in a row, Senate lawmakers gave final approval today on a measure that paves the way for a controversial method of gas drilling called “fracking” as soon as 2014.  The bill now heads to desk of Gov. Bev Perdue, who has already received thousands of emails, phone calls, and postcards urging a veto.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

House lawmakers approve pro-fracking measure

Raleigh, NC—Following a contentious debate, house lawmakers approved a sweeping measure that paves the way for a controversial method of gas drilling called “fracking” as soon as 2014.  Because the measure did not garner enough votes to override a veto, attention turns now to Governor Bev Perdue.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Hundreds of clean water activists visit the capitol to fight fracking

Raleigh, NC— Roughly 200 citizens from around the state visited the capitol today to urge lawmakers to reject Sen. Bob Rucho’s pro-fracking bill, which would pave the way for the controversial form of drilling as soon as 2014.  The measure cleared a Senate committee over protests from environmental groups, landowners, scientists, and lawmakers who raised concerns about fracking’s impacts on the environment.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Senate committee debates fracking bill

Raleigh, NC— A key Senate committee discussed but took no action on legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Rucho to move the state towards “fracking,” the controversial form of natural gas drilling currently illegal in North Carolina.  The proposal drew criticism from Environment North Carolina and others.

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Environment North Carolina applauds governor's cautious approach on fracking

Raleigh, NC—Governor Perdue announced today a new interagency panel tasked with further study of the controversial form of gas drilling known as “fracking.”  Environment North Carolina applauded the governor’s cautious approach.

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